How Does Your Garden Grow?

Or should I say, how does your yard grow, and the answer dear readers, is up for debate.

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Photo credit: My Perfect Life

After the Great Leap Forward into irrigation endeavors, we were left with a hastily graded yard–to be expected after a one night stand with a skidsteer. That’s about as long as DH could spare thanks to 60 hour work weeks with commute. Its the price one pays when one’s better half is sitting at home on  the computer, that is, fixing up the home one fantastic DYI at a time!

Photo Credit: My Perfect Life

Photo Credit: My Perfect Life

After the dust cleared, literally, prospects of a lush green lawn were looking rather grim. There’s something special  about fertile clay soil on a slope. The oddest phenomenon occurred–anything resting on the surface  simply washed away downstream during every spring storm. The sun glancing off the baked soil afforded some wonderful tan lines but not a haven for little seedlings.

Photo credit: My Perfect Life

Photo credit: My Perfect Life

I finally broke the rule of DIY and brought in this landscape designer all the way from upstate NY…. where the Impatients bloom all summer and the yards are lush and green. With a resume as long as the trails of poison ivy in my hedges, its no wonder she soon got things looking so well groomed!

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Photo credit: My Perfect Life

Photo credit: My Perfect Life

What a miracle worker–sprouts finally appeared! After a day long session with the garden hose it became apparent we’d have to skip DYI when it came to watering the seed–thank goodness Harbor Freight is only 20 miles away.

Photo credit: My Perfect Life

Photo credit: My Perfect Life

A month and a half and 23 cloudbursts later, we’re finally enjoying some green! Squint hard and if you look under the weeds and crab grass you will see some Southern Rebel grass seed actually sprouting!

Photo credit: My Perfect Life

Photo credit: My Perfect Life

And you know what they say, any root systems are better than none at all when it comes to landscaping. The elevation of our yard has lowered by 2 inches thanks to rapid erosion, so Im content to watch this crab grass spread. The exciting thing is, we’ll get to put in some fancy retaining walls that much sooner! Stay tuned! The landscape designer comes next week.

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