Saturday, March 9, 2013

Backyard Progress

Ed  worked so hard and got the backyard ready for the top soil. Then he got it all piled around back there. Our grandson and son-in-law showed up this morning to help get the soil smoothed and the sod laid. But first PaPa did his famous waffles and added some good Down Home sausage this time. Larry was unable to get here for breakfast so PaPa and Zach enjoyed it. They both can put down some food, I'm telling you.
Gotta get a guy fortified for a hard day of work. Larry showed up and I got him the remnant of a waffle they left along with a glass of orange juice. Now they're ready and the work begins.

Some unnamed person had to put on a great show of hard work when he saw me step out back with the camera!!  I left at this point to go do some shopping and my parting words were, "I expect to see a transformation when I get home!" Not really expecting them to get all that dirt leveled out and the sod all in place. Not in just one day. I got home about 2 PM and here's what I found.
Beautiful sod covering all the backyard except for right around that big live oak. Ed will work on that later. He'll have to cut some pieces and work in there. I think that was some mighty fine work from these three guys. Oh, yes, Ed was right out there working along with them. I. AM. SO. THANKFUL! I owe you, Zach and Larry!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Backyard Redo

Our granddaughter is getting married soon and wants to have her wedding in our backyard. Which has a lot of potential. Which requires a lot of work. Which is starting to get done. Ed grabbed a rule, ran out in the back and began measuring. Pulled out some paper and a pencil and began figuring. Picked up the phone and began ordering top soil and sod. Hooked up the yard mower with his little trailer, threw in a pitchfork and began work. You see, we had these two big water oaks removed last fall shortly after we moved here because it's a small yard and had three huge trees. Those two water oaks along with a very large live oak. We let the tree people leave the little wood chips spread over the yard thinking they would be good for it. But now we have learned that they will build up too much heat in the soil and make it hard on the grass. So the chips must go. We're just piling them in another place to let them rot and make some good mulch eventually. I'm gonna stop here and show you the before pictures. In a couple of weeks I hope to show you some after pictures that will show a dramatic change.

That's it for now. Gotta get out and get some shrubs and pretty plants because it's not just the lawn that's getting redone. All for you, Sarah our firstborn grandchild who we love so very much.