Old Acquintances

Ghetto Lawn meet Bob.

The front yard wasn’t supposed to start till fall however, and you knew there would be a “however”, when an opportunity knocks you take it.

We had an opportunity to use Bob and so we took the plunge.

Now there was an issue of dirt, a crap load a dirt. We also have a drainage issue with the rental property next door to us and he has an issue with flooding every time it rains.

You know where we are going with this.

We gave the neighbor the dirt. We will till it along with ours put in a grassy type swale to move the water from between the houses. Build a rain garden and finally re-landscape the front yard. This is by far the largest landscaping project we have taken on.

I figure it will take the rest of the summer in to fall to get it at 80 percent completion. The biggest issue we have is amending the soil. Clay soil sucks royal, even Bob was having a difficult time moving it. But that’s okay, we have a few tricks up our sleeve in dealing with the soil.

My best friend liquid dish soap, cheap dish soap and water. We have been dealing with the stuff for close to 12 years so what’s another area of the yard and clay soil mean to us – no big deal just a shit load of hard work.

This weekend we have a hot date with a rototiller, I can hardly stand it. This weekend will not all be lost on tilling the yards because Friday night we are heading to our favorite Czech place with a friend to try a new import that the husband has requested. Let me rephrase that – they will be trying it since I no longer drink beer – for me a nice glass of Riesling will be waiting.

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3 Responses to “Old Acquintances”


  1. 1 Nicole July 29, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    That does indeed look like a buttload of work. OUCH! I did my share of earth-moving last year so I can appreciate the task ahead. Just don’t try to do it during 100-degree days!

  2. 2 Karen Anne July 29, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Contouring my lawn so that there’s a “dry stream bed” on one side to divert rain water was such a major win.

  3. 3 Michele July 29, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Nicole – It will so be worth it in the end. 100 degrees yuck, you will never find me working in full sun on that hot of a day. I draw the line at 85.

    Karen Anne – A Major, Huge Win. Our sump didn’t turn on one time during the last rain event, about 1-1/2 inches over a 24 hour period, This was with the swale only roughed in. The husband actually filled the crock to make sure it was actually working. I was cracking up.


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