Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Work in Progress

As part of the ongoing efforts to make the Executive Producer's life easier* and reduce the onerous burden of his mowing chores, the Head Gardener began stealthily removing sod along the edges of this patch of lawn. It didn't take long for the process to become a tedious one and upon cogitation, the HG came up with a bold but brilliant plan.


An ad was posted on the Houston Craigslist site, offering free sod to anyone who was willing to dig it up and cart it away. The Head Gardener was delighted to have several responses, and even more delighted when the efforts of a father/son team resulted in what you see below.


The Head Gardener went to work raking and cultivating the soil to remove the remaining remnants of sod, and shifting rocks about. Here's how it looks as of this morning.


Now if you'll excuse her, the Head Gardener has to change into her garden togs and hop into FloraBob to make a run to the soil yard. The stiff winds of the last few days have given way to a light breeze ... the sun is shining, the temperature's headed for the mid-60s and all signs point to its being a good day for pitching and spreading compost.

* The Executive Producer thus far does not seem to appreciate the efforts of the HG. Surely when it's time to mow again, he'll come around!

12 comments:

Leslie said...

It's looking good! And I'm sure he will come around when the mowing is easier in the heat of the summer!

Kathy said...

How do you go about finding a soil yard? What do you look under in the yellow pages? I have no idea if there's such a thing around here, and I have no idea how to start looking!

Colleen said...

The Head Gardener is a genius! I would have never even thought of that method of getting the sod removed.

I'm sure your efforts will be appreciated. Genius!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

It was a silly little area of lawn which I'm sure took less time to mow than it took to get the mower over to it. Removing it was good idea; getting someone to remove it for you was a great idea. I can't wait to see what you'll do with it now.

Gail said...

Cindy, Clever girl to get a father and son team to remove the sod. They are no doubt thrilled to have it! Now you have a glorious bit of ground to cultivate with your creativity!

Gail

Carol said...

A gardener's dream! Smart, clever, inventive idea to offer the sod to anyone who would dig it and haul it away. I just might try that myself!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Pam/Digging said...

Smart! I got rid of several yards of pea gravel that way once. I hope the EP comes around soon. Surely he'll see the value of a little less lawn to mow.

EAL said...

Awesome! Very clever on the part of the HG. It looks so much better even unplanted. (you can see I am not a grass fan) But seriously, I can hardly wait to see it.

Northern Shade said...

What a great idea for sod removal. Unfortunately, I think mine has too many weeds for anyone to want it, even for free. The new bed should look great when planted, since you already have the nice greenery for a background. It's always lots of fun to plan a new bed.

Northern Shade said...

What a great idea for sod removal. Unfortunately, I think mine has too many weeds for anyone to want it, even for free. The new bed should look great when planted, since you already have the nice greenery for a background. It's always lots of fun to plan a new bed.

Sue said...

I wish I had read this before last June. My husband, the mower cut the sod out, and then we had to figure out what to do about it. We had a neighbor who took it home and planted it. It's posted at:

http://acornergarden.blogspot.com/2009/01/story-of-2008s-new-flower-bed-part-1.html

I am excited to see updates of the area.

Roger said...

Great blog! Are you open to selling ad space in here? I would love to buy a link for my gardening shop from your blog.