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Lawn retrofit

We’ve just started the destruction phase of our yard remodel. We’ve been planning this work for years, slowly trying to get pieces completed. But the slowly is what really made it impossible to actually accomplish the dream though. When we bought this place, the previous owners had just replaced the lawn with new sod to make a sale. Between the vast amounts of flat lawn area, the abysmal water pressure and the lack of external faucets to water the lawn never really set well. Of course, it doesn’t help that elk eat by yanking up on plants instead of clipping leaves off, so they are constantly pulling out plugs of grass and root. I’ve never been terribly sad about it though because lawn just isn’t important to me. The cats run on it, but we’re not out there lawn bowling or anything so I have better things to do with my time. Also I happen to be partial to forests and meadows which is why we live where we do instead of suburbia. So between the weather, critters and neglect we ended up with a wasteland of high grass, weeds and clover. Which was fine until we put in the pipes for an irritation system. The ground is full of boulders so it took a very long time to get all the pipes in place and even longer to cover them back up. Which really meant that we ended up with a lawn with hills and valleys. Not good for people to walk on, and affectionately called “our ankle breaker yard”, we’ve decided to fix it so we can have people over again without worrying about one of them permanently wrecking something. I honestly have no idea how this is going to turn out. Constructions folks make me nervous and these guys are working without our oversight. I just don’t expect them to be able to make good choices about what to destroy and what to try to save. Or I guess it’s that they won’t make the same choices I would, which leads to terrible surprises. We’ll see how it goes. Before: Crossposted from Journey to the Center, comment here or there with OpenID.

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