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Monday, April 11, 2011

Where the green grass grows

"I wanna live where the green grass grows..." -Tim McGraw

We finally made a big decision last fall to have sprinklers put in and sod in the backyard and sides and seed in the front. We were told that the front yard was saveable with seeding so we are still trying to go through some steps with the landscaping company to make that true.

This was our backyard before. Honestly it looked awful... these pictures probably don't even portray it as bad as it was. They are from one of our cookouts.

It was originally seeded when we built the home but it never took well. First of all Fescue grass which is mostly what people use here in Charlotte does not spread AT ALL and the fact that we did not have a sprinkler system didn't help. We did try to reseed but it wasn't very successful.

So we bit the bullet and paid for sprinklers/sod to be done instead of struggling with the yard for years to come. Thankfully our home was built before the new seperate water meter rule for sprinklers was put into effect so we were grandfathered in (phew!).

Here is the backyard now. We are very blessed to have a private backyard.

We even had a garden area sectioned off in the back corner (top right of above pic) which looks much nicer than my garden area last year. I am so excited about a bigger veggie garden!

 Pinestraw plant beds were put in for future use surrouning the deck and screen porch which you can't really see since some spare wood is on top of it for now.

We did have all this done in late fall but now that is it spring we can actually go out and enjoy and admire our green grass! All these pics were taken from our deck. You can read about the DIY deck we love here.

Yay for green grass!! Hopefully we can get the front yard looking uniform and think about some shrubs up there and then I can do a before/after of the front. There's always lots to do with homeownership, that's for sure! Have you had any yard/"green grass growing" challenges?

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  1. Hi Emily! This is Jenny from The Southern Institute... I had to redraw winners for the Sew Much Ado pattern giveaway and you won!! Please email me at thesoutherninstitute at gmail dot com and I'll send you on over to Abby at Sew Much Ado. I also wanted to let you know about my new blog hop, Creative Me Monday... if you ever have a project you want to link up I'd love to have you. It posts on Monday, but is open all week long.

    BTW, your yard looks lovely! :)

  2. Lawns are hard work, aren't they. Your yard looks lovely now - and I bet it feels much better on your feet when you walk on it.

  3. Wow! Your new lawn is beautiful! I am so impressed!

    I found your blog through Remodelaholic's party and am looking forward to following you.

    Have a great day.

  4. It‘s so nice that I found your blog about your link on Finding Fabulous. So I’ve scrolled a little and like what I see. Now I’m your new follower! ;)

    Take care

  5. Great lawn! Your hard work paid off. Well done!

  6. Looks great. I could have said these exact words: "It was originally seeded when we built the home but it never took well." That's exactly what I'm experiencing at my house. Glad to know that the grass can be salvaged and I have something to look forward to. Headed to Home Depot this week to start the makeover. Thanks for inspiration!!

  7. Looks great! I wish our grass was that green already! I need to move over there! lol! Thanks so much for linking up to Try It Tuesday! Have a happy Monday Emily!

  8. Your lawn looks phenomenal! We have a small yard, but it's been a dirt pit for far too long now. This past weekend, my husband laid sod. I hope it takes as beautifully as yours did!

    Thank you so much for sharing at "A Little Birdie Told Me..."!



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