Today we had the front yard sodded. It’s about the size of a postage stamp, but the pups love it, so when I saw a Google ad for one pallet installed for $169, I couldn’t resist. The company is Heights Hauling and Landscape. (Note, that’s NOT the company advertising on Michale Berry’s show, timmeh.)
It all worked out just like the owner Jeremy said it would when I spoke with him on Monday. We aimed for today, and R and I cleaned the yard up this morning — which also took about and hour and a half — as I had predicted. As I told R, “I know my crew!” Jeremy arrived with one pallet and pieces around 5:00 p.m. and they got to work scraping off the weeds and grading the ground, adding organic gypsum (for the pup pee). They worked around the beds and left space around the orchid tree for me to mulch (which I will do tomorrow).
It cost about $400 and it was worth it. Sure, we could have made a hundred trips to Houston Garden Center, hoping to get enough sod to fill both cars if they had it, and then worked hard to grade the ground (I wouldn’t have thought of the organic gypsum) and it would have taken us weeks if not months. This way it is done, and all I have to do is water and take care of it.
And speaking of watering. I started that first — before I let the poor barking barking barking pups out. Little Junebug the Outside Kitten was very interested in this “watering” thing. She settled in just on the edge of the sprinkler’s reach.
I let Dora out first. Bird dog that she is, she had to do quite a bit of smelling. She peed and pooped and I used a poop bag to scoop it up right behind her. Then it was the two “we no like change” pups’ turn to go out, and true to form, Tammy said, “Nothankyou.” Murphy had a “Buddy” pee on one of the posts from the old deck. (A Buddy pee is when he goes for so long his leg gets tired and starts to droop.) I cleaned after him, too. I’ve got to get into the habit!
I put Murph in the house and went out to move the sprinkler. When I later tried again and got Tam and Murph to go out, Junebug had moved to the new sprinkler edge. What a funny girl! Neighbor loaned me one of those wave sprinklers and I thanked him profusely. After letting the water go for a bit longer and laughing at the pooped pups (all three), I went out and set up the neighbor’s sprinkler on the other side of the yard. Checking on it out the front window about 30 minutes later, I see Junebug just inside the front yard, just on the edge of the sprinkler’s reach once again. In another 30 minutes, I saw her snooping around the orchid tree, and in 30 minutes more, she was back watching the sprinkler. Often when I come home from work, she hops over the fence from the front yard. I think she does it 1)to make Dora crazy and 2)because she can. It’s one of the many reasons I love her so much (and why she worries R :)
I’ve got to water it heavily for the next three days, and then twice a day for the following three weeks. I’ve also got to keep the pups off of it as much as possible, which means walkies!!!!!!
I wasn’t planning on doing this for vacation, but happy accidents sometimes work out. YaY!