Back Yard Renovations: Part 1
You saw my front yard renovations last year, but prepare your self – as the back yard is a horse of a different color.
When we bought our house it was the end of October. The first thing we had to spend our renovation money on was tree removal.
It was both sad and hard to spend so much money right off the bat to remove some lovely, old trees but they were either in the process of dying or in the way of power lines so they all had to go.
We always knew the backyard needed some work, but once the following summer hit we really realized just how overgrown and awful things really were back there.
That first summer – young and naive – I thought I could just spend a couple hours each day/week and pull everything out gradually.
I was ohh soo wrong. As soon as I called it quits in the fall, I would look to back where I started and the area was once again covered in small weeds.
Felix and I had a *real talk* and we decided that we’d call in some professionals to deal with the situation, as it would take me far too long working as I had been.
Fast forward to Spring 2015, 2 quotes later and after much research (and drama) we had a crew working on the yard, clearing out all of the stuff.
There was a crew of around 5 guys who came in with a bobcat and boy did they get rid of everything quickly! As soon as 30 minutes had passed – Felix and I were looking at each other saying *we made the right decision* as doing the work manually would have taken us… oh let’s say 3 years! lol
This landscaping crew was at our place for 2 days and cleared out so much stuff. I can see the back fence again! heh
Yes – we’re talking Summer of 2015 still.. and you may be thinking but Liz, this is 2016! Bear with me…
After the crew was done with the clearing of the yard, Felix and I coordinated a sod delivery and we set about installing the sod ourselves which saved some major $ but was also quite labor-intensive, back breaking work.
The string/line on the left is our property line actually. The neighbor went in on the yard renovation with us which was nice & we were able to split the cost and share on the delivery fees and whatnot.
Felix would carry over each sod piece and I would put it in position and join up all of the seams.
On the second day, my parents came over to help with the remaining pieces of sod and my mom surprised me with a load of flowers.
We got into a good rhythm and we finished the sod install in 2 days. Our section of backyard is roughly 25 ft wide x 70 ft long.
It looks so great! Fresh sod – all the craziness gone!
Here’s where things got complicated…
The crew didn’t grade our yard properly and when we watered we were left with a large pool of water in the middle of the yard.
I have VERY sandy soil and there’s no reason why water should ever pool in my yard. They tried to tell me I must have clay… which I don’t. I’ve dug down over a foot in my yard & even more so in my basement and never, ever, EVER have found any clay.
The crew had to come back out – add more soil – and then relay the sod.
It was a major headache and made me feel quite icky at the end of the project. Turns out Felix and I are better at laying sod than the landscapers. You can totally see where our sod was used vs. the contractor’s sod. Our was so much nicer, and greener. Till this day the backyard section of sod is better than the front areas. I’m still a bit sore about all of that as it was a lot of yard work to lay the sod ourselves.
This was mainly the happenings of 2015 if you can believe it! Don’t you just hate it when you have to wait to see the second part of a two-part series?! I’m sorry to do it to you guys, but this post is already huge and I don’t want to leave out too many of the details.
You can be sure that there will be another post up soon since I don’t want to leave you hanging.