|This is me working on where our lawn used to be... We dug up the old lawn...
I rototilled the entire front yard... We added several yards of topsoil
(to replace the dirt removed along with the old lawn and weeds and the
many rocks we dug out of the yard) and bags of peatmoss and bags of cow
manure and mixed it all in and leveled the ground and rolled it and filled
in the dips and raked it and then rolled it some more. Many hours went
into this (no, many days!). These first two pictures were taken on July
3rd, when a high temperature record set in 1949 was broken.
The picture on the right shows me raking the dirt to prepare it.
My son is rolling the ground to get a flat surface on which to lay the
sod. (That drum is filled with water and is extremely heavy)
I ordered three thousand square feet of sod with half to be delivered on
July 5th and half to be delivered on July 6th because the continued very
hot weather meant we had to get the sod down quickly before it dried out.
||Starting to lay the sod... We got three wooden pallets piled high with
sod each day... the sod was in rolled up or folded strips about eighteen
inches wide and six feet long.
|At the end of the first day of laying sod... the half of the yard to the
right of the driveway is done... and three strips of sod have been placed
to the left of the driveway.
||It all has to be kept thoroughly wet... Need to water it all day when you
lay it and soak it everyday for the first week to ten days (then soak it
twice a week, encourage the roots to go deep to find water)
|This shows the right side of the driveway. The non-lawn area on the right
side of the picture and the area around the boulder will planted with shrubs
That's a corner of my vegetable garden in the lower left... That end of
the garden was usurped by my daughter... she mostly planted carrots and
lettuce... but see those three tall thin stalks with the rounded blossoms
on top... during the winter she spotted that one of my cooking onions was
beginning to grow a small green shoot, so she planted it in a pot and placed
it near a kitchen window, then in the spring she moved it out to the garden.
(You can't see in this picture, but she did that with two or three other
onions and a couple of potatoes as well.)
||This view is from our backyard (that's the garage side of our house on
the left) looking towards the front. Yes, you can see another big boulder
on the right. (The dark shape past the boulder is a pile of topsoil waiting
(See yesterday's entry for another view of the completed lawn.)
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