Green is the Color
In Saskatchewan when someone says green is the color we all think football. But this blog isn't about football (which is good as it isn't a good year to discuss football in Saskatchewan!) but it is about green. The color green as in "the grass is greener on the other side of the fence". But wait the grass is now green between our sidewalk and the garage!! Real grass like lay down and rest on it grass or play boccie ball on it grass!
It took about 4 yards of fill, 24 yards of top soil and a few blisters to get the site prepared. Ron and I dug out the underground sprinkler lines and got that installed. Then we called in the recruits. We hired the neighborhood teenagers to help us move the top soil. Lauren and Justin also helped haul rocks to and from various locations in the yard. We also cleaned up the wood pile area so we got loads of work for our cash! Another high light of the week was that we bought a gas weed eater. Between Spencer and I we have hit most of the spots in the immediate yard that needed attention. I would still like to go out and reclaim some of the walking trails from the 3 foot tall grass but maybe next week.
This is the before and after picture of the fire pit area. I don't think we imagined 4 years ago that we would have so much wood still sitting around waiting to be burnt! We need to have more parties on evenings when there is no wind!
The ordering and delivery of the sod was easy. Once the top soil was leveled the laying of it actually doesn't take that long (Friday afternoon and Saturday morning) and it looks so good. But kind of weird for those of us that are used to looking at the weeds and the low spot/mud hole. We were lucky that our friend Peter does Saturday morning deliveries though as we were a few yards short. Or is that a few bricks short..
Sprinkler time - cool picture in that I caught the water action. The sound of it seems almost surreal out here as it seems like such an unusual noise - I guess because I associate it with the city and not rural life (we never watered anything growing up).
So once we had lawn then we needed the tree and the shrubs so off to Dutch Growers we went with our gift cards (from a long time ago!!). The tree hole was marked out precisely by an engineer and then he dug the hole while Spencer and I were working on other projects. And he dug and he dug and he dug. It would appear that all the rocks and the compacted clay were in that 5 foot circle but persistence is just another word for stubbornness and eventually the hole was the right size.
And here is our maple tree - it is a very nice specimen tree that grows to the correct height and size for that area. It was a good size tree at a reasonable price and the nice touch of color in fall will show up with those maple leaves that I love so much.
We had created a flower bed along the east side of the garage as well as a stone pad for the dog house. We put in a couple of shrubs and some hollyhock plants. The rest of the space will be for annuals next year. In the meantime we have to convince the dogs and the cat not to dig in it! You can see what that space looks like by referring back to the very first picture.
Again with the rocks hey! Well we do have an abundance of them and with a little bit of gravel you can create a nice surface so that is what Ron did. The space is twice as big as it needs to be as we are building a second dog house for Lucky.
And so to end on a multi colored note - here is my succulent planter from last year at the height of this season. The growth has been quite amazing and the colors are outstanding. I'm not very talented when it comes to petunias or pansies but it seems that succulents like the location and the neglect!
Well that is this blog entry. I believe it is a new record - 11 pictures with non of them loaded wrong. It has saved everything each time and hasn't booted me out. It has probably only taken me about 2 hours which isn't bad considering some entries time frame. I know that many of you enjoy reading about our crazy shenanigan projects. See you next week - it is an exciting entry so stay tuned.