Well the back yard is finished as far as adding the last wood mulch path/section. I can’t do much in the area that contains Mom’s chickens, but I have to say the birds are doing an outstanding job on working the compost pile and the egg count is holding steady despite the fact the chickens are getting a bit old. Setting up the 4 foot high temporary fence that funnels the bird to the compost pile is working out much better than installing a temporary fence to keep the chicken out of the garden area.
The sod is doing okay but I have noticed some drying out of the grass at the seams and where I sort of cut and patched in sod in odd geometric areas. Also a couple of my sprinklers did not do a great job of watering the sod. If you add sod or grass seed you will need lots of water daily to get the grass established.
Now the first area I put down new grass seed is getting a nice green look. A few things I recommend. Buy seed that is good for your zone. while some grass seeds produce a soft lawn like a carpet. I went with a fescue blend or garden seed and the sod was a mix of Bluegrass and fescue grasses Also take in consideration if you have full sun or shady areas. Water daily or perhaps twice a day. Improve/Augment your soil before you add grass seed.
I don’t avoid walking on the sod as it has been in placed fairly well, but you don’t want to walk on any new grass seed areas. Most of the area I’m growing grass needed some soil augmentation. Adding in soil and compost may cost a few dollars and is a pain in the butt. The better you make your soil, the better results you will see in the long term. Once some grass has grown and then I gently rake in new grass seed. Over seeding a couple of times has worked very well for me.
I’m getting rid of three of the raised bed gardens as I think the garden section of the yard has fairly good soil after the break down of the mulch for 2 years and all the stuff I have added via compost and manure. Don’t get me wrong Raised beds and container garden worked great for me when I had terrible soil. Now my soil is better so I get to try out a new system for the garden area.
Will my new concept of the garden area work? I haven’t a clue, but if it does work taking care of the garden should be simple and less work in the long term.