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!
So 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!
So 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 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!
Aaand 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!