Extreme Makeover Neighbors Get Lawns Fixed

Fresno, CA, USA Close to a dozen neighborhood lawns were damaged by building crews, production cameras and spectators.

The hysteria surrounding the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build is still alive. Neighbors told Action News so many cars pass by this new house day and night it is like Christmas Tree Lane!

However, the traffic here doesn't compare to the thousands of spectators that trampled across these yards.

An aerial photograph shows just how many people visited central Fresno when Extreme Makeover: Home Edition came to rebuild the Riojas house. And they all left behind footprints in surrounding neighbor's yards.

"Before it started I had green, green grass and then it became a mud hole!" said neighbor Dale Zanovich.

Now that the build is complete, Dale Zanovich and ten of his neighbor's lawns are being re-landscaped.

A team is edging, plowing and fertilizing the lawn. They are also fixing broken sprinkler heads like this one in Dean Pugh's yard. "There's a lot of heads missing so it's just the water running out."

Deborah Saffell with Mark Luallen Landscaping is working with residents to make sure all the lawns are returned to their original condition. "The lawns aren't as bad as I expected with as many spectators that stood there all day long."

Neighbors said they are not upset by this small inconvenience especially when they get to look at the work this landscaping crew did across the street for the new Riojas house.

"If this is all I have to give up for her to have a nice home more than happy to do it," said Pugh.

"I mean I'd like to have one like she's got over there but I guess it's too much to ask for," joked Zanovich.

One of the big project donors paid to have this landscape team fix up these lawns. They will be here till the end of the week. And with a little T.L.C. afterwards by homeowners, these lawns should be back to normal by spring.


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