The previous owners had an above ground pool and had given up on grass around the pool so they threw down wood chips to prevent weeds around the pool. They also left all the bricks that were around the pool, and the big hole. Also, the house was on the market a while, and by the time we actually moved in at the beginning of August, the yard had 40 large bags worth of leaves in it.
Before picture of the backyard (toys not included)
We did a tiny amount of work on it when we moved in, but there was a lot of other stuff going on when we moved in, as there always in when you move into a new house.
Also the fence was kind of bent.
Leaf removal, August 2015
Bob helps us fix the fence, September 2015
In Spring, we went to Japan, so two weeks ago we finally got started with the yard.
Raking up the woodchips
8 yards of dirt = Mt. Everest, delivered August 24
Bring it to the back
Racking out the mound of dirt
The back is finished, a lot of wheelbarrows to rake...
Kids had a lot of fun getting filthy while I raked
Finally rolling it down
One problem was that after we had put more dirt in our backyard than we ever could have dreamed of, is that we still had about 2 yards of dirt left in our driveway. (At least!) We listed it on Craigslist (Free dirt!) and we had four different guys come over and take the dirt. Hm.
A little bit of grass!!