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When you move into a new home you want to design it your way. There may even be some renovations on the horizon. There is a lot of work that goes into renovations. Often people renovate the inside of their home. Or they buy new furniture, new drapes, repaint the walls, etc. With that said, we cannot forget about the designs of the outside of your home. You have the backyard and the front yard to keep healthy and attractive.
When we first moved into our home a few years ago, we were ready to change everything to the way we envisioned it to be. We ended up changing up so many things but the lawn was a big nemesis for my husband. Every spring he tried fixing this unhealthy lawn. He used different seeds and rich soil sprinkled on the lawn. He did his due diligence in researching the best way to repair this unhealthy lawn.
In the end, my husband gave up trying different techniques and quick fixes. We decided to replace the whole lawn. It was not a big lawn. So it wasn’t a hard decision to make. It was still a huge undertaking but we had our children to help in any way they can. We always want to do these kinds of projects ourselves. If it fits into your budget, you can hire someone to do it. But we try to cut costs where ever we can.
It was a sad looking lawn when we first moved into the house a few years ago. It was very spotty, lots of weeds, and the earth was hard like clay. In fact, that’s what everything is built on. So, we had no choice but to dig deep and get rid of all the bad soil and refill it with the best soil for a new lawn.
My husband tried fixing the lawn with seeds and healthy soil. He did his due diligence in researching. After a whole summer of trying, we concluded that we just had to dig it up and start fresh. So, the project of the summer was a new lawn.
INGREDIENTS FOR YOUR LAWN MAKEOVER:
- Garbage bin – do your research of getting a good price for a bin for your size lawn. We dug up about a foot of the bad clay-soil that we had in our yard. Although we have a somewhat small lawn area, we could have used a bigger garbage bin. We filled it to the limit. Your area will most likely be different and you might not have to dig up that much.
- Wheelbarrow – this is a very valuable piece of equipment that will always be used for every aspect of your gardening and other projects.
- Shovels – make sure you have good sturdy shovels to dig up the soil if you are doing it yourself. We got the kids to help out as well. My daughter was a lot younger then. She did what she could. My son is a beast. Lol! He’s so strong. He could outdo my husband. Thank God for strong boys. Lol!!
- Hoe or Pick – in case the earth gets too hard for a shovel to penetrate, the hoe or pick will come in handy
- Tamper – used to compact and level the ground after you dug up all the bad soil. Also after you put the good soil. Lightly level up the soil before you lay down the sod.
- Soil – again do your research to get the best price. There are many garden centers or stone and earth places near you. They will help you figure out how much soil you need. Make sure you ask for the weedless soil. Some soil has seeds in it and you will end up with weed growth.
- Sod – you can find this at the same place they have the soil. But go early enough in the season like now to get the good material before the contractors buy it all. LOL!
- Lawn Roller – this roller is used to compact your lawn and newly spread soil.
It was a big job for us. We all pitched in as much as we could. It went a lot faster then we thought. It was a long process, but the end result was worth it. And now we just maintain it with lots of water and sunshine.