Backyard Progress

It’s been a while since I’ve recapped any progress on our home. The truth is, how am I supposed to have enough time to tend to my house when I’m busy bridesmaiding, FaceTiming my nephew, and going on historic church walks?! As summer waned its way into fall (and now today it is winter -.- seriously, sleet in the middle of November?!), we knew we had to focus on the backyard. Our goal is to grow grass, which has proven to be difficult seeing as how we are the perfect example of what it is like to live in the “City of Oaks” – what with all of the shade provided by such native trees. Yep – we’re as oaky as a California Chardonnay! Though a luscious green lawn might not come along for many years (if it comes at all), we did want to try and fix up the place a bit.

View of backyard from the deck when we closed on the house in January 2013
View of backyard from the deck when we closed on the house in January 2013
Backyard in April 2013
Backyard in April 2013

One of our priorities when we were looking to buy a home was to find one with a fenced-in yard, or to install a fence ASAP. It only took us 8 months to do the latter. I’d say that in the grand scheme of homeownership, that timing is indeed ASAP! Part of that time was spent debating on whether or not we wanted to install the fence ourselves by purchasing panels and renting tools from a hardware store. Considering the time needed for such a project, we decided to bite the financial bullet by hiring Harrison Fence to do the job (in only 8 hours!).

Before signing on the dotted line, we needed to get to work clearing the yard based on the contractor’s guidelines. There was still lots of English Ivy to pull up, leftover yard ornaments to discard, and a few volunteer trees to politely remove. Needless to say, I quickly became the mayor of the yard waste recycling center on Foursquare. In fact, we had SO MUCH to discard both from the yard and the basement, we rented a 15-foot dumpster from NC Dumpster. The dumpster parked in our driveway for a week until it was hauled away. Let me tell you – it was totally worth it! Good riddance indeed!

October 2013
Present day! October 2013

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The fence was installed in August. Since then, we’ve spread grass seed and purchased our very first leaf blower. I suspect that spring 2014 will bring out my weekend warrior alter ego, but until then, Quailford’s happy face is accomplishment enough!