This was our backyard in mid-April:
The grass was definitely greener on the other side of the fence, although I guess that saying didn’t hold true from our neighbors’ perspectives!
In 2013, we moved into the house and completely ignored the lawn aside from occasional mowing. Yes, we are those neighbors. I hang my head in shame.
Last summer, the weed situation in our yard became ridiculous. Huge weeds were shooting up seemingly overnight and were such an eyesore. We actually hired a service to come out each month and treat the weeds, because, honestly, we are not outdoorsy people at all and we had too much going on in our life at the time to tackle it ourselves.
Unfortunately, this resulted in the huge dead patches you see in the photos above, since apparently we started out with more weeds than grass!
So when Ace Hardware asked me what outdoor project I wanted to take on this month, I knew this was the motivation I needed to finally do something about the lawn!
The front yard is a whole other story, since we have also been dealing with an underground water leak there (ask me how much fun that is!), so I decided to re-seed and fertilize the back yard, which was actually in the worst shape, leak notwithstanding.
We used the Scotts Deluxe Edgeguard Broadcast Spreader, two bags of Scotts Classic Heat & Drought Seed Mix (I think this will be great for our Texas summer heat!), and half a bag of Scotts Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer. I love that I was able to find products that are all designed to work together perfectly!
I have such a black thumb, it gave me a boost of confidence to have everything spelled out on the packaging, like the spreader setting for each product.
Bryan offered his services as my spreader model, so I got to sit back and snap photos for once!
The spreader made quick work of seeding the yard, so then it was my turn at manual labor – raking the seed into the yard to make sure the it wasn’t just sitting on top of the current grass. Bryan got a rare opportunity with the camera (I’m generally pretty possessive of it) and snapped this artistic shot… Yep, that’s me in the flattering gray sweatpants.
After the raking, we moved right on to the fertilizer – the bag said to apply directly after the grass seed and before the first watering. Again, this took almost no time at all with the spreader!
April has been insanely and unusually stormy here in the Dallas area. We’re talking deluges, downpours, hail, tornados – the works. “April showers” is the most adorable little understatement ever… Like when someone names their massive Great Dane “Tiny,” or when real-estate listings describing a falling-down, condemned structure as “quaint”.
After looking at the forecast for an entire month of rain (the weather app on my phone displayed day after day after day of cutesy thunderstorm emoticons) and worrying about our new grass seed washing away, we finally decided to just go for it and keep our fingers crossed that we wouldn’t accidentally drown the seeds.
Needless to say, we haven’t needed to actually water the lawn very much, since the heavens have been doing such a fantastic job of that for us. On rare days between rain I’ve gone out and watered with a hose (the leak in our front yard was from the sprinkler system, so that has been turned off for now.) I was really concerned about the non-stop stormy weather, but I was excited to spot some tiny little baby grasslings popping up yesterday!
I’ll be sure to share more pictures and updates with you once the new grass grows taller and fills in! For now, the lawn actually looks about the same since you have to get up close and personal with it to notice the new baby grass. But those itty bitty little green sprouts sure made my day when I noticed them!
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I couldn’t be more excited to be a member of the Ace Bloggers panel this year and to partner with Ace on this post! Ace Hardware provided me with the materials for this project and I was also compensated for my time and this post. All opinions and positions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.