Monday, October 24, 2005


Well, done with the demolition anyway. Here's the final "After" picture, with the last section all chopped up:

And here's a closeup of the hard part, with a handy dog for scale (and, unfortunately, another dog who is less handy and puts his head right in front of what I'm talking about. But still, I think you can tell that this particular corner, instead of being the standard two to five inches thick, is just insanely thick.)

We apparently have at least one and possibly as many as three options for getting rid of the concrete. The friends who are building a house behind ours now say they need all of their rubble, so I guess it's possible they'd also want ours. Then there's a lady across the street who is said to be filling in a chasm and may be interested. And my next door neighbor says that the guy who cuts her grass definitely wants it. In fact, he asked for the rocks that were dug out of the construction site off our back corner, but the house behind us already had dibs. So apparently the rubble will go away eventually. Which is good.

I also found out something interesting about our yard this week. Our grass is very poor - some of it grows very fast and tall and has ropy roots growing across the surface of the yard. Some of it grows slower. And a lot of it isn't grass at all, but some kind of ground cover that seems to be taking over from the grass.

What I found out was that when they put in the grass after the house was built, they went with an economy deal: some guys just cut this sod from the vacant lot behind the house and dropped it in here.

Once I gave it some thought, I decided that this is actually good news. It means there's still hope for the yard. If we want to get all up in its face someday and rip out the nastygrass and lay down something decent, it might actually work. I mean, maybe our yard isn't inherently patchy and weed-ridden. Maybe it's just that they transplanted a vacant lot instead of laying real sod.

Scott, one of these days I'm going to send you pictures of my biggest problem area and ask you for free advice...Just so you know.


Lisa October 27, 2005 6:38 AM  

Um. You might need to throw in some humping dogs. To get his attention.

Jennifer October 27, 2005 8:46 AM  

Well, of course. That goes without saying.

Dan and Sandy October 28, 2005 12:41 PM  

Maybe they transplanted a vacant lot...that's why I love your blogs. The yard looks better already. Your hard work was not in vain. You're an inspiration.

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