I was silently annoyed with my husband. Well, sometimes not so silently. Immediately after moving in to our house, he began to map out his plans for the outside! Read all about our renovation story here, then you will understand my confusion!!! When did we decide to spend a boatload of money on the outside when the inside was in dire need of some major TLC. I get it, having that many pine trees was not good for the roof and it looked really, really bad out there. At one point in time I think the yard probably looked nice. But after years of neglect, it showed! Everything was overgrown. There were even snakes! We had people tell us later that they never even knew a house was here!
My husband worked tirelessly. We had over 200 large pine trees taken down. Stumps were ground, he raked and burned, weekend after weekend. What a huge job. Ultimately the goal was to have a nice level manicured lawn. I wanted palm trees somewhere. Around here the live oak trees are a local treasure. They are ancient and sprawling, covered in Spanish moss. Well, go figure! We only have couple small ones. No doubt that they will be spectacular in about 100 more years, they have already begun to flourish since removing all the (did I mention 200) pines.
Hope the great great grandkids enjoy them!!!!! We had the irrigation system completely reworked, had multiple loads of dirt brought in, leveled out and a tractor trailer load of sod delivered. All of us worked installing it, and we recruited a couple of our son’s high school friends to help. We paid them well, and it was worth every penny! It was A LOT of sod. If you’re not fortunate enough to have ever laid sod, consider yourself lucky! It is back breaking, heavy, dirty, exhausting work. What a long weekend.
Just as with the inside, I am sure my husband had no idea when he started the outside that it would turn into such a massive undertaking.
But he got it done! And I even got my palms!!!!!
There’s still more to do, of course, but we’re making progress for sure! After pictures coming soon!!