Grass is greener on this side

Today we focused on the backyard. Since we won’t be digging out the dirt in the house, we decided we would organise an order for top soil and turf. I contacted Ace landscape supplies and ordered top soil and Sapphire buffalo, a soft leaf grass with 70% shade tolerance.

The order arrived just after 12pm, which was handy as my son had soccer in the morning. We got stuck into it, but juggled the kids at the same time, which made it tricky. Anthony had to cut down some of the pipes out the back as the plumbers didn’t set the heights correctly. A trip to Reece plumbing meant we could make the adjustments we needed. So after fixing the pipes we put the top soil on top and then layed the turf. We love the result and just happy to not see dirt out the back. We are yet to put in the sleepers and set up our garden bed. 

As lovely as the backyard is starting to look I actually ordered more soil and turf then needed, so we now have an excess of landscaping material sitting on our driveway. We have decided to not waste and will move it to the front of the house. 

We are awaiting more quotes at this stage for the excavation, but one is looking good and we’re likely to go ahead, so hopefully we will be able to work on the interiors again in the next few weekends.


With an excess of rolls of turf and top soil, we decided to extend the grass to the shed and add some pavers. Originally I had ideas to put crushed gravel or pebbles but we thought we might put the grass to better use. We ended up going with stepping pavers to make up the walkway. So today has been about finishing this area. We decided to not go past the stairs since there will be a lot of foot traffic when we get more tradies in. Eventually I want to also place a large pot at the end of the walkway,  with a tall plant to provide additional screening.

There is still 9 or so rolls of turf remaining and some soil, which Anthony will move to the front of the house. Luckily we do have a place for it.


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