Just a warning that this may be my most boring ever post because it's about grass and mud. And I can't think of anything less exciting than that but being a thrifter I just have to share this story with you. As I have mentioned many times here that I tend to keep a good eye on Craig's List. I go through cycles though. Sometimes I don't look at it for days while other times I check it out at least ten times a day. It was last Friday when I decided to take a look at our island listings. If you type in the name of your community in the box on the left hand side, it should only show listings that mention your town.
What I love about thrifting is that I sometimes find things that I didn't know I was looking for. It's not that I had trouble surviving without something but when I find it I have a little "wow" moment. When I typed in our island into Craig's List, a listing five down jumped out at me: "Sod". I clicked on the post and saw that someone was selling rolls of sod from their yard for $25. I ran to Dave, stuck the phone in his hand (I don't like using the telephone except on rare occasions) and told him to call the number. As always he doesn't quite know how to handle my spontaneous excitement and does this weird shaking of his head as if he is trying to get a hold of the situation. He then usually says "What"? while continuing the head thing but has since added this strange eye thing too. I finally take a deep breath and explain about the sod and tell him to call this guy immediately. He takes a deep breath and finally takes the phone from me and calls him.
I didn't know I needed sod but the minute I saw it I thought it would go perfectly here.
I don't show too many views of our yard because it is such a work in progress. The yard seems to take so much money and we prefer to do smaller projects inside the home. Although with that said when a school auction item came up for bid last November I found my equally frugal husband bidding before I could even properly register the fact. He was bidding on 12 school dads (including a landscape architect and a couple wood guys (they make wood from cut trees and then build neat things with the wood) coming to our yard for one day and doing anything we would like. Dave won, I gulped, and we went home with our voucher in hand.
In the spring the architect came over and talked about our ideas and plans. He later sent us an estimate of something crazy like $8,000. Which I'm sure would have been money well spent. But we got back to him asking him to lower it to a $100.00 budget and see what we could create from there. Instead of making a new fence (ours was rounded and looked odd) we recycled as much as we could from the old fence. Instead of renting equipment we borrowed it. I picked up some cedar wood to build garden beds from a sale and so on. Despite our low budget our yard looked so much better after their day here. The photo above is where the fence was moved to. It used to hug the mini kiwi plant in the left side of the picture. The dirt you see was part of the gravel driveway. When we went to LA for the week my father brought dirt in ready for grass seed.
After speaking to the sod guy Dave grabbed Cerys & Keiran and took my father's truck (which he is loaning us for the summer) to look at the sod. He arrived home about an hour later looking less confused and instead a little hopeful.
This is what our work in progress looked like. 1/4 of the sod is down at this point. The grass is in beautiful condition and the soil very moist. At the cemetery I used to take up sod and place it back down after burials so I have some limited experience in this area. Ironically....
Finished. We were short about 7 inches which we can fill with a small planter near our gate. While it looks a little clumpy it will even out and should grow nicely next spring. Our grass doesn't usually die in the winter. Instead it just stays a lovely shade of dark green.
I never envisioned buying dirt and grass second hand. It just confirms the idea that you truly can buy practically anything on the thrifted market. Without our typical moist fall weather this grass with bind to the soil underneath (I'm sure there is an official grass way to say that) and it will thrive. Now our yard is complete with grass. Now we just need to get our fence painted....
What is the weirdest, craziest used item that you have purchased?