Sunday, March 18, 2012

Re Turfing And A Ton of Dirt

Sunday night again, weeks go past so quickly one moment its Monday and then within a blink of an eye it's back to being almost Monday again. Do you find that? I'm sure you do. What else did I squeeze into this week? Gardening, a lot of gardening. 

I managed to get my hands on a few rolls of turf! Yay! And because I had the new turf I had to get some top soil- and fast! So the kids and I went for a drive to the Landscaping supplies company, but the road was cut off. It has been raining so much lately that several low lying roads have flooded. We went round the flooded road and went in the back way to the shop... it was closed! They had taken the flooding as a sign to have a long weekend. Oh poo. Didn't they know I had gardening to do??

To the next landscaping shop! One ton of topsoil later and McDonalds happy meals delivered to my front lawn I had a huge task ahead of me. Nope I don't own a wheelbarrow, just a shovel and a hand shovel (aka Milla's shovel) One shovel at a time... in the light rain... with my stripy rainbow gumboots on and Milla in jewellery, a crown, pretty dress, tights and gumboots. We were soggy and muddy and I kind of felt like I was on Biggest Loser, just no trainer screaming in my ear. Shovelling by hand, walking up the hill and dumping the soil I cannot even begin to recall just how many trips I did up and down, up and down. 

I levelled the soil as best as I could and then got my "expert" grass roller (Milla) to roll out the new turf. "What's next mummy??" I think I heard that phrase a bazillion times throughout the day. We also found a worm.

Now I still had half a ton of top soil to move.... big breath... I grabbed my shovel and moved that dirt like it was Ben and Jerry's Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and the shovel was my spoon! Heave Hoe!  (Is that how that's spelt? Gosh I hope so!) Some soil went to start leveling out the uneven front grass area and the rest went to the side of the house to begin the process of raising the ground levels so the water drains more effectively.... well that's the idea anyway! We will see. 

Just in case you're wondering why I only enlisted Milla to "help" and I say help extremely loosely here, me move the dirt instead of my handsome husband. My beloved was at work and didn't know I had done all this until he walked up the driveway at about 7pm that night (I may have ran inside quickly and hid while he called out "Kellie, what have you been up to???") Hehe! Surprise! But next time- He will be there shovel in hand! And, and, and a hire wheelbarrow!!

Handy Tip: If you get a ton of soil-- hire a wheelbarrow too!!

The rain is washing in my top soil as I type tonight. Grow grass grow!!!

Photos to come! Internet is playing up tonight so I'll put the before and after photos up tomorrow. xx