It was so weird to look back through the collection of images that I gathered while the process was happening. I thought that I remembered what it all looked like "before" but now realize I was a bit mistaken.
The roofers finished the last part of March and we moved to the next phase - the yard. I had researched and interviewed several landscaping companies and had it narrowed down to two that I liked. One man was a solo job (had a few people working for him) and the other was a larger, more established company with several landscaping architects and a crew of over 40. I actually liked the single guy more (personality wise) but when push came to shove and we asked when could the job be started (this is a very busy time of year) the larger company promised to begin in 4 days and the single operation guy couldn't start for 2 weeks. Both companies promised the job would be finished in less than 4 days.
I remembered the wisdom of one of my blog friends when she said last fall that everything takes much longer than they say...and I'm glad I did. My hubby made the decision to go with the larger company and set it all in motion one day while I was out on a business call. At first I was a bit put out, but let it go just as quickly as he had arranged the schedule.
A week went by and nothing on our yard. To make a long story short - I got involved and put my foot down and reminded them of their promises and the reasons that we went with them. I was professional and clear. Our yard was done (with some reworks and do-overs) but it took 11 days. We only paid the deposit of one half the amount. We haven't had anyone from the company to follow up or seek the remaining balance due. I've had sod for over a week now.
I'm pleased with the work. Some of the very ends of the sod rolls are not greening up and I hope they will. Other than that issue - I love my instant yard.
Again, it was weird looking back through the 'before' pictures. The edge of the yard area nearest to the street was so infested with weeds and rocks and the ground slope was terribly uneven.
Here's some befores:
Yes, our mailbox is duct taped together. The mail person ran it down in March and we've been waiting till the landscape is completed before they install the new one. Notice how rocky and uneven the edge of our yard is.
This is the right side of our driveway and the area between us and my favorite neighbors. The slope is very steep and we arranged to have it smoothed out so that we could run our riding mower across this area safely.
This is the view from the west end of our front yard. While most of the area is green with fescue grass..... it is full of rocks and other weeds that just so happen to be green as well. There's no way we could safely run our mower across that area. Remember the crepe myrtle that my dad accidentally dropped the pine tree on last fall? That's it with the stubby looking 3 prong dead limbs to the left part of the middle. It never was able to revive itself.
So here's what things looked like once the grading began:
I hate to do this to you; however, my post size is getting too big and my kids are awake.
I'll have to put the "afters" in another post tomorrow. I promise.
See you then :)