This has been a BIG week for us in our backyard reno! The weather has been gorgeous, incredibly dry for this time of year for the past couple of weeks which means our landscaper was able to get back to working on our yard. They spent about a week and a half leveling out the dirt and tilling in soil conditioner and making sure all of the sprinklers were ready to go in the back yard. I was trying to be patient but in my head was honestly wondering how flat dirt has to be before grass can grow on it LOL.
On Monday this week we were told that sod would be going in on Tuesday. I have to tell you Tuesday felt like Christmas morning! We were SO excited when the lawn arrived, I was seriously giddy to see the semi truck full of sod pull up in front of my house and watch them start to unload the beautiful lush green turf that would soon become my lawn!
Watching the steps a yard has to go through to be ready for lawn is similar to watching the progress of interior renovation. There’s a lot of “below the surface” work that has to be done before it’s lawn ready; old lawn has to be taken up, ditches dug, sprinklers laid, ground leveled, soil prepped, etc. It’s also similar to an interior renovation in that the end steps seem to go quickly and show immediate results! It’s like when you redo a bathroom, everything has to be taken apart, plumbing fixed, floors have to be leveled, and then when things start to be installed it seems to pull together fast. That how it felt with the yard. All of the unseen work, the work that will keep out lawn looking green and healthy over the years, seemed to go slowly and it appeared not much progress was taking place, even though you knew it was. And then the sod shows up and it goes from being a big brown yard of dirt to a beautiful lush green lawn!
To give a little perspective on what it was and what it is now, here are before, during, and after pics for you.
Here’s another view from start to finish. You’ll see we’ve not only added lawn but also added planters throughout the yard that our landscaper created reusing the cement from throughout our yard! The planters still need to be filled but lawn was step one.
And the last view from start to current view.
They say the grass is always greener on the other side, but I’m pretty sure whoever said that hasn’t been in my yard this week because my side of the fence is pretty darn green. From dead crunchy grass to soft lush lawn, it’s been a journey, one I’ve not been so patient through, but the result is amazing and worth the work it needed to get to this point so far!
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