Watching Grass Grow (Backyard Before & After)

1 Jul

I know this post is not an exciting DIY project but…I am so giddy about this transformation, I can’t stop myself from sharing it with you!

For the last year, our backyard looked like this:


And now it looks like THIS!


Beautiful isn’t it?

We put off the idea of getting grass for an entire year because we thought it would cost thousands.  And we thought it was something we could do ourselves.  We actually tried to grow our own grass with seeds but the attempt it was unsuccessful.  The grass never grew well and the weeds dominated.

What we didn’t realize was that our neighbor’s tree was covering a majority of our back yard and cutting out most of the sun exposure during the day – which was probably the main reason our attempts at growing our own grass were futile. So before installing our new grass, our gardner removed all the branches from our neighbor’s tree covering our yard (with our neighbor’s approval of course).

That’s a lot of branches – all from one giant tree!  The tree had never been trimmed before.  Going forward, we need to keep the branches short before they completely cover over our yard again.  The remaining branches still protrude on our property, as you can see from the leaves that fall on our new grass — but they don’t completely envelop it like before (and now sufficient sun can shine down to our grass).

The entire project cost quite a bit but no where near what we originally imagined.  The pallets of “Marathon” type grass cost $450 (.45 cents a square foot plus tax) and labor to remove the weeds from our yard and install the new grass was $300.  $750 Total.  We had not budgeted this expense this month and somehow got talked into it by our gardner….

And I am so glad we listened!  It’s gorgeous. And smells great.  I love walking in it and this guy LOVES it!


The process was pretty quick but not very easy for the gardening crew.  The gardening crew first removed all the weeds by hand and raked up the yard loosening the soil.

The grass squares were delivered on pallets in our driveway.

Then the guys carried them to the backyard and started laying out the individual squares of grass.

And now we have this gorgeousness…


I LOVE a good DIY project but this was one I was glad to let the professionals handle.  I am thankful our gardner insisted on providing us an estimate which was the catalyst in making us decide to start the project.  Even though we didn’t have this expense budgeted, we luckily made it work. I wish we would have done this a year ago but lesson learned.

Have you ever had a project you wanted to complete but thought it was too expensive?





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4 Responses to “Watching Grass Grow (Backyard Before & After)”

  1. Joani July 1, 2011 at 5:45 am #

    That looks so beautiful. I have that same problem with my neighbor and last year I had to spend $112 for the landscaper to come down and cut the branches off of his tree that was growing on my side. To boot, it is a mulberry and I have to put up with the leaves every fall. I’ve tried talking to him. He doesn’t even live there. I’m ready to move. Nice job. Happy 4th of July weekend.

    • Angie & Carrie July 1, 2011 at 9:41 am #

      Thank you Joani! I feel for you with the mulberry! I can’t imagine raking all those leaves. Hmmm…I am wondering now if we should cut all the branches because raking up the leaves is going to be a lot of work, lol!

  2. MommaHen July 1, 2011 at 5:49 am #

    wow! I kind of wish we could do this with our yard. Our green yard is only green because of the weeds. ick. I live in the country though and this just wouldn’t be logical. Weeds are bound to take over!

  3. Danielle Benson May 7, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Gras has been my biggest struggle!

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