Hello everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. Our weekend has mostly been about digging… and what little boy (or big one!) doesn’t like having a mini-digger on hire for a couple of days?
We hired the digger to do the final push on a project we started nearly two years ago. Along our boundary we have an area that originally contained a very overgrown hedge and a flowerbed. The first time we viewed the house, I decide we needed to rip it out and turn it back to grass. It took us 4 years to even get near it (as we weren’t living in the house) and another 18 months from the start of the work till now. The ground was riddled with tree stumps, bricks, rubbish, patio slabs, gravel and very heavy clay soil.
Part of the delay was because we didn’t want to do anything to the garden whilst we had building work going on last year, another part because we simply can’t afford to tackle all the jobs we have at once (a contractor quoted £1200 for this job!) and finally because we weren’t sure we could actually get a digger on site without removing fencing. Then after some googling we discovered doorway diggers, which yes, you guessed it can fit through a doorway, or in our case a front gate… and so we hatched a plan!
After two days of digging and then leveling, the ground is finally clear of rubbish and we can think about sowing grass seed on it ready for the summer. The area is pretty big, about 20 metres by 5 metres and it’s also going to be really useful addition to the garden. Jim’s done a great job getting it this far (at a fraction of the cost of having someone in!) and I’m really looking forward to seeing it as a finished grass surface.
Tomorrow the digger is being collected and all the junk and tree roots are going to the dump. After that I’ll be researching grass seed, honestly I had no idea there were so many types for so many different sorts of lawns. You can even get custom mixes!
I think these two have quite enjoyed having a digger to play with for the last couple of days…
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