While most of y'all were probably enjoying some fun things last weekend Mr. Savvy decided to take Friday off from work and next thing I know he is out in the front yard using our tiller.
I'm thinking what on earth is he doing? Then he comes in to tell me he is going to go to Home Depot because the tiller broke and he needs to find a pallet of Bermuda sod, too. Say what?? In this heat he decides it's time to lay sod! This is the best time of year to do this, but not us doing the work! It needed to be done by some young men with strong backs.
About an hour later he shows up with the sod and a rented tiller.
I had different plans for Friday which was going antiquing, but this man of mine who has a bad back and has had two surgeries could not do this alone and I knew I had to stay and help him. Dang it!
We finished one side on Friday in the photo where the truck was parked with the sod in the back and then we started on this side on Saturday.
The centipede grass in our yard is almost 21 years old and has been in poor condition in some areas and has died off. We have been slowly adding Bermuda grass over the last few years either with sod or with seed and it is doing well. Also the grass in this area around these two maples has done poorly so we decided to join the two trees by making a new bed with pine mulch. So not only did we lay sod for two days straight in the heat, but put out a truck load plus forty bags of mulch.
After he tilled the bad grass up we marked the shape of the new bed with a hose.
This is the front side of the area that needed a lot of help.
We dug and raked and picked up rocks. We have lots of rocks in our yard since we live on a very large vein of granite.
When Mr. Savvy bought the first pallet of sod on Friday it was just a pallet of leftovers that had been left by others and was not in great shape, but we knew with lots of water it would come back and we got it at half price. This second pallet of sod was ordered on Friday and picked up Saturday morning and these were very heavy rolls. I could handle the smaller pieces on Friday, but it took us both to carry these. Aye yai yai! I told him he was trying to kill me or us both. It was extremely hot and we drank tons of water, but he started getting muscle cramps and had to stop and rest many times. I told him this job was too much for us, but we kept on working and he kept on getting cramps. He is so darn stubborn!
Anyway after lots of hard work we can admire our work now and wait for the grass to root and turn green like the rest of the yard.
This fall we may plant a few bushes in the new bed.
We have been blessed with rain and pop up showers every day since we planted the sod.
Talk about perfect timing!
Now, we are just having fun watching the new sod turn green.
After we were finished he said he/we would never do this ourselves again.