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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

If you need me, I'll be at Lowe's...

If you need me over the course of the next couple of weekends, I'll be hanging out at Lowe's. Not buying anything, just roaming the aisles, hoping that someone from Yard Crashers, or really any HGTV show, will pick me for a total lawn makeover. I need it. Desperately...

Our current lawn isn't a disaster, but it certainly isn't anything special. Let me explain... 

When we moved in last year, I loved our lawn. We have a fully fenced, double lot with plenty of room for Ella & Charlie to run. Just having a lawn to call our own, a place to lay in the sun & run free was completely new to us. To say that I was blinded by the newness of it all would be an understatement... 

It started in the fall. We'd been in the house for about 3 months when we "realized" that we had a bump of dead tree stumps along the far edge of our property. Had they always been there? How had we missed those? They need to go! 

Fast forward to spring & I start thinking ahead to summer. I want to lay out in the sun. I want to eat outside. I want to lounge on our deck. Oh wait... we don't have a deck! Nor do we have a place where we could add one on to our house! Crap! Why didn't we think of this before? 

Then we started looking at the grass... has it always been so spotty? Did the kid who lived here before have a dump truck pit? Why are there all of these dirt piles? 

So what do we do about it? I mean realisitically... because I can't really camp out at Lowe's & wait for HGTV. With the help of Pinterest, we've sort of come up with a plan, but if you have any thoughts, we're all ears! And if you have any pins that might help us out, send them my way too! 


  • Reseed the Grass
    We assumed this would be the easiest & cheapest place to start. Wrong again! Eric spent most of the weekend raking, digging, seeding, and watering. Currently, we can't let our dog out of the house unsupervised, because he'd just dig up and pounce on all of the seeded grass - which is a HUGE pain in the ass. Ella has to be watched like a hawk too because we don't want her rolling in the dirt either. To put it mildly, our lawn is less than user friendly at the moment & will likely stay that way for the next month or so.

    As far as the rest of our lawn goes, Eric had already put down some sort of fertilizer, so at least the grass that we have is growing in lush!
  • Build a Floating Deck
    This is the part that I am excited about. My father-in-law agreed to come up & help me build this...
    Awesome ways of turning pallets into unique pieces of furniture | Just Imagine - Daily Dose of Creativity

    I love the herringbone pattern & cannot wait to have it sitting in the corner of my lawn! We're going to angle it & put a flower bed behind it with simple shrubs. I may add a few pots like in the picture, but we'll see what our budget allows. This is basically my birthday present from everyone that I know this year, so you can bet that I will be spending a lot of time on it this summer!
  • Make a Play Area 
    The last item on the agenda is to make Ella a little play area! She already has a swimming pool & a picnic table so I'd like to add a little slide/climber to the equation & set it up with mulch underneath in the shadiest part of our lawn. The problem is that Eric & I can't quite agree on how much we should spend on this endeavor & he's nervous about having woodchips in the lawn all of the time. So if you have kids & have a play area... please help! 
It's going to be a long road & we'll probably run out of money before I run out of ideas, but I'll keep you all posted on how it's coming along! 

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