Saturday, September 15, 2007

We have a yard!

Can you see it? Look closely. There is grass, real grass in that there yard! After two years of living here, grass is a pretty exciting addition! The siding on the house is nearly complete, only a few pieces on the ends of the house left to do. It has been delayed again by yet another project; a storage building/chicken house. I've requested that the builder, aka Papaw, put the priority on the storage building.

I want to get those chickens trained to sleep where they belong, and maybe get a few more too. I also would like to get rid of our "temporary" storage area. Siding on the house is pretty, but I am opting for the practical. The truth of it is what gets worked on depends on which logs are next in line for the sawmill. The red oak goes on the house. The pine and other woods are for the storage building.

The siding on the front of the house is done, and that is enough to get the lawn in. I never realized how much work it is to put in the lawn. Thanks to Papaw who did most of the work while Tim is in his busy season for work, putting in about 60 hours a week. Here is what was done.

1) Till up the yard.

2) Rake it to smooth out the tracks and even up the ground.

3) Fertilizer was put on. Lime was later added too because there was some left after covering the pasture. Nolan (3) woke up the morning after the lime was spread, and said, "Look! Kellen it snowed last night! "

4) Grass seed was spread.

5) Rake again to cover the seed.

6) Water. We had enough rain water in the tank for the first watering. It is important to keep a new lawn well watered until established.

7) Keep kids and animals off it until established. Uh. . .I'm trying, really I am!

The grass has sprouted and hopefully we will have a nice lawn yet this fall, and a lot less mud to deal with!


  1. it must feel so nice to finally have a yard. are the kids having a hard time staying off of it? the siding on the house looks great too!


  2. how exciting this all must be...the grass should be in soon it looks like? I am new here but I have enjoyed my stay. Thank you!
    ~simply stork~

  3. Wow, the whole experiance of setting up all the new Hopefully you'll get some good rain to help water the grass.

    God Bless!

  4. looks great! and the siding looks great too!! When football season is over, I'll have to invite myself over to see it in person. :oD

  5. Well after getting your kids to sleep, training chickens to sleep should be a breeze, right? :)

  6. I LOVE the red oak siding!

  7. Sounds like hard work- well done to your Papaw

  8. Great job! The keeping pets and kids off it is one reason we didn't do our yard this summer. So hard...

    I've missed a lot of adventures over here, I'll be getting caught up!!!