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What I did on my summer vacation

Or should I say what I did on my summer vacation and most every weekend therein!

We spent most of this past summer redoing our backyard.  After we’d started, a friend suggested I take photos along the way so that is what I did.

At the beginning of summer, my backyard sort of looked like this (these pictures are taken from the deck on the back of our house.  The swimming pool belongs to the neighbors in the cul de sac out back):




Fact of the matter is, it didn’t even look quite that good as all that stone in the back and along the shed, we had  brought in.  Anyone want to guess how much stone you’re looking at???  44 TON!  Yup, 44 TON!  Yes, we did get a Bob Cat but there was still a whole lot of moving stone manually!

No, we’re not crazy.  Hubby is a fanatic when it comes to his yard and because of the grade, every time he’d plant seed out there and we’d get heavy rain, it would just wash away.  Which is the reason for bringing in 44 TON of stone!

We also did some staining:

Again, we were already into the project at this point so the shed had been power washed and the deck already had a coat of clear stain on the railings, but not the flooring.

We had to get all the staining done before the “real” work could begin with the lawn.  Yup!  We managed to:


(It amazes me how much the knots stand out)


So, now it was time to call in the professionals!  Here’s the yard after they came and graded:




Shortly thereafter, they came and hydro-seeded:




This was so neat.  When you looked down at the yard from the deck, it was almost like you were floating above a gold course, or the ocean or something.  Very surreal!

Now, here’s the most amazing part!  Just six (yes, six!) days later, here’s what we had:




These photos are a few weeks old now.  The grass was cut for the first time last Thursday and as I understand it, it is getting it’s second trim as I update here!  I will be sure to get some more photos over the weekend as the yard now really does look like a golf course. 


Published in:CurtinCallStories |on October 5th, 2006 |5 Comments »

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5 Responses to “What I did on my summer vacation”

  1. Molly Says:

    These photos are amazing. The grass looks so lovely, new and green!

  2. Ben Says:

    I love the shed. I want to live in a shed. Maybe when we retire I’ll live in a shed behind Lisa’s house.

  3. stacy Says:

    Looks great! I also like the shed, but my house is so small and cluttered, I already feel like I live in a shed.

    We’re having some landscaping done this fall as well that involves regrading and hydroseeding. Now I’m looking forward to it!

  4. Angie Says:

    I love the stone and the grass. Great job. Don’t you love looking at the progress and admiring your work? I know I do.

  5. Garret Colebrook Says:

    Very good post , i will bookmark your blog right now