|Before (Sod had already been removed.)|
This summer I did just that. I hired a couple guys to rip it out and replace it with lush grass. On a flat surface. That was the easy part. I simply wrote a check and a week later I had a new lawn!
The hard part was the second step. I've always wanted some kind of barrier between the lawn and the garden...to help keep the lawn on its side. What I liked best was a flat brick border. But that meant digging a trench around the lawn, laying down sand, and putting it in brick by brick.
In early June we had 4 solid days of rain and the ground was perfect for digging. I hired the neighborhood boys to come and dig out a trench. The best $30 I ever spent. I thought it was a bargain...their mom thought it was too much. So now that the trench was ready, I bought the sand and bricks.
I put down the first 30 bricks and was cruising along when an injury set in...lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow. (The injury was from a car accident at the end of May when I gripped the steering wheel with all my might.) With 70% of the yard left to do, I thought it would never get done. I thought about hiring someone to finish the job, but Brian got out there yesterday, and put down another 30 bricks. I figure we're about 65% done...whohoo!!
|Newspaper and boxes covering stray grass|
Once we had a nice stretch of brick edging in place, I started to put down newspaper on the garden side, to smother the stray grass/weeds. For the past couple weeks, as soon as we're finished with the newspaper, I've been taking it outside as a method of passive weeding. The newspaper smothers the weeds and breaks down naturally.
Yesterday I got so excited that some areas were sooooooo close to completion. All they needed was some good soil smoothed out on top of the newspaper. Thankfully, I happened to have an entire bin full of completed compost! So I started filling one little bucket at a time and pouring it on top of the newspaper. I did a small section yesterday, and then finished a bit more today. The end result...WOW!! I absolutely LOVE the border and can't wait until the rest is in place. I'm hoping the small completed section will be motivation to finish up the rest of the project. I can't wait!!