When we got access to our house and garden a little over a year ago it basically looked like this. Snow had not quite melted and in fact when we viewed the house snow still covered the entire ground so we saw nothing of the garden whatsoever.
I decided to leave the garden “as is” for that first summer to see what appeared and what it looked like so the first thing I did was try and resuscitate the lawn by cutting, fertilizing and watering it.
A little later I had also cleared the flower beds somewhat but I wasn’t feeling it. This cottage style garden just isn’t me.
So I decided to get rid of the flower beds and most of their contents by posting an ad for free perennials and had a couple of ladies and some neighbors come dig them up in late July of last year.
The major project for this year was to get rid of the stone path, even everything out and get the deck built. The lawn (what little was left of it) got a professional overhaul (scarified, de-weeded, fertilized and top-dressed).
And then my mad watering started. We had a complete dry spell just after everything was ready and the new grass had been sowed so as soon as I got back from work every day I ran out and put my sprinkler on. It took two weeks until the first little grasses started to appear.
A few weeks later the lawn looked like this. Still some bare patches where we’d missed. I did sow in some additional seeds on two occasions but waiting for things to fill in was making me impatient.
So I decided to do some transplanting instead. When I cut the edges of the lawn to tidy things up and to define the lawn and flower bed to the left of the garden I saved the tufts of grass on trays.
Then I simply dug a hole where there was no grass and pushed the tufts of grass in there. This is one of the things I did that awfully rainy day.
It looked a bit funny with areas of longer grass until it had all established and I could cut it for the first time.
And this was the result. There are still some areas where the grass will need to thicken out a little bit but it’s coming along nicely. And with the rain and sun combo we’ve been having lately it’s already filled in a lot since this photo was taken actually.
So, yes, it’s been a major transformation. I’m sure some of you prefer the more organic before but I love the straight lines of the after.