Front Yard Make Over

We bought our house four years ago and every year we have worked more and more on our little place to make it more a home. 🙂 This past weekend we decided to work in the front yard! There used to be a tree in the front yard that we cut down (it was dead and limbs kept falling – one nearly hit a friend of ours walking up our drive once). Anyway, there has been a stump hanging out in our front yard for two years. We finally got it removed this weekend! Aaaand half our front yard is in dense shade so we haven’t had grass growing there which makes a big dirt patch or a giant mud slide when it rains. So we decided to lay some sod!

front yardSo this is what our house looked like this weekend before we started. Notice the stump in the yard (it sort of blends in with the top of our mailbox in this picture, but it’s enormous). And also note that half our yard is dirt, haha! You can see the overhanging branches at the very top of this photo. It keeps our house in plenty of shade so our electric bills are low, but it also kills off most grass, ha!

mudslideA better shot of the part of our yard that is all dirt, haha! Because of the grading of our yard, this becomes a major mudslide when it rains.

sodSo we borrowed a friend’s truck and went to pick up some zoysia sod (it can tolerate shady spots!). You better believe that we loaded, unloaded, and laid all of that sod by ourselves! We got a whole pallet of it which is like 6 of these stacks. 🙂

laying sodLaying the sod! I only have photos of Christopher laying sod, but don’t be fooled. I was out there with him all day too! My hands are covered in blisters still from all the raking and sod laying. We love working on our little home together. 🙂 Also, you can see the stump in this picture. It doesn’t look massive because I’m so far away from it, but trust me, it is!

front yard afterAaand this is what our house looks like this morning! Sod has been laid, the stump is gone (those are wood chips where it used to be – the grass will grow back up around it). The line where the sod ends on the left is where water drains down when it rains so we plan to lay rock there to help with drainage.

Once the grass really takes root and begins to spread (and we have rocks laid along the side), I’ll take another photo to share! I know it looks kind of strange right now, but trust me, it is going to look amazing in a couple of months! 🙂 For now, I am going to keep babying my poor blistered hands and remember to wear better gloves next time, haha!
Love Rach



35 responses to “Front Yard Make Over

  1. Blisters are the worst! Hope they heal quickly. It was for a great cause too. Your yard is going to be transformed this summer!

  2. This is so fun! I LOVE that you work together on these kinds of projects. That’s the way to do it!

  3. It looks great! Lots of hard work paid off 🙂

  4. Your house is absolutely ADORABLE! It looks like the perfect little home!! And just looking at it, I can tell that an amazing couple lives there. 🙂

  5. yay for laying down grass! such a pain, but so worth it!
    also i LOVE the front of your home, the shutters + red door = love

  6. Way to go!!! It looks good so far. That stump was huge!!!

  7. Your house is absolutely ADORABLE!!! love it!!

  8. I love your little white house! It’s looking great! 🙂

  9. i know it was probably lots of work, but it sounds like some kind of domestic bliss to be working in the yard with your husband – i’m getting all kinds of excited to buy our first home 🙂

    • It definitely is. I love that we get to work on these projects side-by-side. We renovated our house together when we bought it and learned then that we work well together. It feels good to be doing manual labor together and be able to see the fruits of your labor pay off. 🙂

  10. Your house is adorable! I love the long porch with the chairs outside 🙂

  11. It must be so satisfying to do yard work/house work on a place that you own yourself! I can’t wait until I own my own home! On Apr 8, 2014 10:39 AM, “” wrote:

    > Rach @ This Italian Family posted: “We bought our house four years ago > and every year we have worked more and more on our little place to make it > more a home. 🙂 This past weekend we decided to work in the front > yard! There used to be a tree in the front yard that we cut down (it was > dead a”

  12. OH- wow. this looks so romantic! Thank you for sharing- I am dreaming now!

  13. YAY for grass! Laying sod is such hard work. You guys did a great job! I can see some grass planting in our future too, because Max did some exciting digging over the winter 😉 Can’t wait to see the next set of pictures once it spreads!

  14. Oh wow! That’s a big undertaking! Can’t wait to see how it turns out 🙂

  15. Yes, it is going to look so good once that grass takes root! We sodded our backyard too, and now just sprinkle seed in the bare spots. Great job!

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