We are hoping to finally finish our backyard (3 years later) so Hayden doesn't have to play in the dirt/rocks/weeds. So I guess I'll be in charge of updating our yard progress (this is the lame part). Here is what we started with:
This is what I would like to end up with:
I've been playing around with a couple of new software programs, Sketchup and Autodesk Impressions (this is where it's going to get nerdy). Sketchup is a free program from Google, it's fun to do quick 3D modeling. Autodesk Impressions is a program that lets you take your boring CAD drawings and give them a hand-rendered look. Cool huh? (Kassie is rolling her eyes now as she is reading this). These pictures help to visualize what I want to accomplish - Kassie's very skeptical of my vision - she'll be impressed if I can just get something green to grow back there.
Last week we had someone come trench and grade our yard and this week I've been working on getting the sprinklers in. The sprinkler installation probably took a total of 3 hours - the other 40 hours were spent digging trenches where the trencher couldn't fit and trying to break through under our sidewalk. As you can see we won't have any shortage of landscape rocks.
Hayden has been very helpful - he filled in the trenches (sometimes ahead of schedule), organized sprinkler parts (I found a few in his bed), and moved rocks (most in the direction of where the cats happen to be sitting).
So this is where we are at now:
Look for updates (hopefull in the near future). Next step: top soil and sod.