Insta-lawn

Happy May two-four!  What a great long weekend we had.  And it wouldn’t be a long weekend without some yard work, and boy, did we have some yard work to do.  After this year’s ridiculously long, cold, winter when the snow in our backyard finally melted (last week…ok, I’m kidding… sorta) it revealed a beautiful lawn entirely devoured by grubs.  It was really a pathetic sight.  We’re generally pretty diligent about our yard and enjoy gardening, but I must say, even our neighbour’s dog-poop-covered-in-dandy-lions yard was looking better than ours.

We considered throwing down some top soil and seed, but it would be weeks before the girls could play back there, so we bit the bullet and went for insta-lawn (read: sod the whole darn thing!)

Here is the lawn before.  Really, it can be better described as dirt with patches of weeds and clover.

 

What's left after the grub-buffet.
What’s left after the grub-buffet.
The view from the deck.
The view from the deck.

So as I got to work digging up the left over grass and weeds, hubby went out with the truck and got 40 rolls of sod and then two truck fulls of top soil.  We filled 4 compost bags full of weeds and such and got down to laying the top soil.

We're underway!  Good-bye weeds.
We’re underway! Good-bye weeds.
Grass, yes, it really is you!
Grass, yes, it really is you!
Finally a lawn is starting to take shape.
Finally a lawn is starting to take shape.

It took most of the afternoon, but by evening our yard started to resemble a yard and not an abandoned lot.  The grassy area closer to the deck stairs, was salvageable, so we dropped some top soil and seed on the bare spots.

 

Yeah - we have a lawn!
Yeah – we have a lawn!
Lush and green and room to play!
Lush and green and room to play!

 

Here’s a little look at the before and after:

BEFORE
BEFORE
AFTER
AFTER

Not bad for an afternoon of work.  Though, haulin’ 40 rolls of sod to the backyard and countless wheelbarrows of soil, had my muscles screaming for a long, hot bath.

Ann

 

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