We're Doing What??!!

7.07.2016

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.
Thank goodness!!!

27 comments:

  1. Oh my. You have my sympathy! We did this once. And the sod was delivered. No lifting it in and out of a truck. We planted in winter--we barely get frost, and it's the time of year with the most rain.
    This is going to look great. And you have time to think about any shrubs. See how it goes. We'll be eager to find out what you do!

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  2. Oh wow! He is ambitious. God love ya for helping a stubborn husband. lol I have one of those too. Hauling sod and laying it is definitely one of those jobs that not everyone want to do but you get such a sense of satisfaction when you're done. Your new bed is looking great and I can't wait to see it with some shrubs.

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  3. I don't know how y'all did this, but it looks fabulous. The new mulch bed between the trees looks so nice. I'm still shaking my head that y'all did this yourselves, and relieved Mr. S said you'll never do it again - whew! :)
    Mary

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  4. WOW! That is a lot of hard work, especially in this heat! It looks great though!

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  5. I admire his efforts, but when is this man going to "ease" into retirement and relax? Well, at least you'll have great muscle tone...
    Brenda

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  6. My husband had Friday off, so I took off too and volunteered us to help an olderr couple move on Friday and Saturday. Never again! Oh my goodness that--like laying sod--is a young person's job. Or a job for professionals. At least you two will get to see the results of your labors.

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  7. Kim, your husband sounds just like mine...he never stops and doesn't know how to relax! Now that you survived it, you can enjoy the fruit of your hard work! I love areas covered in mulch or pine straw! Great job, you two! Pam @ Everyday Living

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  8. Oh wow!!! That was an undertaking and in the heat!! Sad to say our lawn is looking a bit worse for wear this season... just so darn hot.

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  9. Oh my word, so much work. It is going to be wonderful. Thanks goodness he said no more.

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  10. Well, your hard work paid off!...it all looks great!....You two make a great team...I can say that "no moss grows under your feet".....I love the "island bed" as we called it in Florida. Now you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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  11. That's work I would have done in our 40's but when we hit 50 no more. Happy you survived

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  12. Beautiful job! I see Miss Bailey stayed inside being her smart self!

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  13. Lol my hubby always says the same thing! Yet we always do it again...seems crazy but I guess we are cheap! When we get a price quote we just decide the prices are too much for something we can do...doubt we will ever learn even when we hurt for days! Your new mulched bed looks great!

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  14. Kim I always read your blog first when you write. It's like having a one on one chat. Please tell Mr. Savvy I was worn out after reading your blog. Just thinking about the heat and dusty conditions you two went through was enough for me to change my mind about going to the market (grocery). It will be so nice to see it green up and well worth all the work. Then you two can sit back with a lemonade and admire your hard work. Keep on blogging Kim. You are an inspiration. Phyllis

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  15. Oh my goodness, I can feel your pain! But the result of your hard work is just beautiful! I have a back yard and patio area that is in dire need of some loving care and I dread tackling it in this heat.
    Cindy
    Edith&Evelyn

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  16. Good Job!!
    Looks wonderful and definitely worth all the work.
    Creating something is so satisfying when it turns out so beautifully.

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  17. Congratulations on all your hard work. i would be in the emergency room after all that. You are lucky that you didn't get heat stroke.

    Mary

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  18. My husband and Mr. Savy must be brothers. Personally I'd prefer to go look at antiques! It does look so much better though...you are a good sport!

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  19. YOU deserve to go antiquing NOW! Get something pretty to reward yourself for all of your hard work!
    Best & Bisous,
    Michelle from Simply Santa Barbara

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  20. It looks great! I don't know how y'all did it. I know how hot it was last weekend! Doug sounds like Jimmys dad. He was a workaholic and liked to save money doing things himself too. Sometimes though you just have to pass the baton! That's why Jimmy retired from both of his physically labor intensive jobs. It was killing him!

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  21. It looks amazing!! I love the way you did the mulch around the base of the trees - a tree island. :)

    We just did some sod too. We've had so much rain in Texas that the sod farms were flooded. After we built our new pond we had to wait and wait for grass. Finally it's in and getting green in the wink of an eye.

    Those projects with my hubby are my favorite and I know they are yours too.

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  22. I wish I could buy sod. We use seed in Maine. I have no grass infront because the snowplow I pay $$$ scrapped half my yard away. I have been seeding it for 3 months,it's to hot and too dry. Good luck, hope you get a green lawn. yvonne

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  23. I ache all over thinking of you working in that heat! I agree, this type work is for very young strong men. It looks great and I'm amazed how quickly you got it done and blogged about it. Y'all are quick. Glad for your rain.

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  24. My! So much work in this heat! But it looks wonderful!

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  25. Oh, my word! Mr. Savvy and my husband are cut from the same cloth! Leo was out tilling the garden in 100 degree heat this week! The new island looks great!

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  26. Men gotta love them! It does look very nice. I also love your deck it's beautiful loved your 4th decor and everyday decor…. Donna

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  27. WOW! What a beast of a job that was! I simply cannot expend anywhere near that much energy when it is so hot. Hot weather just lays me out! I'm glad you both survived and can now enjoy looking at the new grass. It is satisfying when you finish a job like that, but my word, don't half kill yourselves again!

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