So, these first 3 pictures are from last fall after we had the fence installed, hence all the leaves on the ground. But it gives a decent view of the yard before the winter.
Another issue became Rosie's digging under the fence. She dug one hole on the back side and convinced the neighbor's dogs to dig from their side and were meeting between the two fences. In other sections she could stick her whole head up to her shoulders under and bark like a lunatic at the neighbors. So I began using the paving stones from around the patio and some 4x4s to fill in underneath the fence. Dig through that, dog! I have, to date, secured 21 sections of fence. There are only 7 left for her to try to escape from and 5 of those lead to another fence. :)
I even had to ask James to help me roll it out of its hole it was so heavy.
The only bush I left in the yard was this beautiful surprise where the fence meets the garage - a Bleeding Heart bush.
I bought a rose bush for the back corner of the yard. I've always wanted a rose bush and the kids really shouldn't be playing in the corner.
When we installed the fence, the guy who did it said it would be wise to put a tree, bush, log, something behind the gate so that if the wind blew it or anyone swung it open too hard it didn't damage the fence. Well, I love hydrangeas and they can get quite large, so I bought one and planted it in the corner with plenty of room to grow.
I also bought 26 16"square paving stones for a nice path from the patio to the pack door.
Then I ordered 1 1/2 yards of topsoil and 25 rolls of sod from a local place. This I did pay to have delivered and that was the best $36 I spent through this whole thing. Because that dirt and grass were HEAVY.
Cecilia, Felicity, Elizabeth and even Brigid helped me move wheelbarrow full after wheelbarrow full from the driveway in front of the house around to the back and spread it out.
Goodbye, mud pit!
While there will be a few minor things in the future, like if the walk stones need to be leveled again or perhaps another section of fence secured, the backyard has come a long, long way and looks so much better. So as long as the sod takes, I think this yard transformation has turned out really well.