When I bought the house 9 years ago I had a back yard with grass. Over time, the grass slowly shrank as I probably didn't water it enough. Last year the sprinkler system developed a leak so I resorted to hand watering. That didn't work all that great especially if I went away for a week or so. Add a rambunctious puppy to the mix and the grass will shrink even more. Also factor in hungry quail who scratch the ground like chickens and you end up with a back yard that is 100% dirt. You could also add New Mexico Spring winds which imports sand and creates nice little dunes and you REALLY end up with a yard that looks more like desert than suburban oasis. With a possible impending sale of the house (if I get the new job), I figured it would be nice to get a usable back yard again. The contractors are working on it now. I'll hopefully have a nice green patch of grass along with a repaired irrigation system. Of course I'll post some pics once it's all completed. There will be a furmeet at Fur Central on the 4th to christen the new yard. Unfortunately the sod will be too fresh to run around on it just yet. The dogs will also be forbidden to pee on it for quite some time.