I’m probably the only one that will truly appreciate these before & after photos. It’s not really something that’s going to be impressive to most. It’s weird to get excited about a patch of plain old grass, but when you started with a pile of gravel topped with a tangle of snakes and ivy (both english and poison) grass is something to celebrate!
Daniel and I try to DIY as many home projects as we can, but we let the professionals handle this section of our yard with a bulldozer. They cleared the brush, removed the thick layer of gravel that was underneath, and brought in topsoil to level the area out a bit. We don’t even have sod in our front yard, but the landscaper said it would help hold the new soil in place on the hill. Supposedly this is a new sort of bermuda grass that is specifically for shade areas. Fingers crossed! We still have a bit of clearing to do under the deck, but I think it looks a million times better. It’s so nice to reclaim another section of our overgrown yard!
Just a little public service announcement… don’t ever plant english ivy in your yard. It is pure evil. Sure it’s a great ground cover, but it’s also a great everything-else-in-your-entire-yard cover. A previous owner of our house planted it, and it has taken over. We’re constantly fighting it back as it tries to smother our house in vines, and the roots are so strong that they actually damage our siding. It grows so quickly that you can almost see it moving. Consider yourself warned!