Next project: Turning this dirty wasteland into a verdant oasis.
Year by year, our back lawn has thinned and receded. Last spring Mark and I tilled and seeded--twice--to no avail. So the kids basically roll in dirt, and track it all into the house. Jesse's favorite pastime is to drape himself belly down over a swing and trail his fingers and toes through the dirt. It looks peaceful and all, but then he comes into the house! This year--thanks to our tax refund--we're breaking out the big guns.
Phase One: Major tree pruning to let in more sunlight.
We do love our big trees and our cool yard, and I'm already missing the leafy branches that no longer bob outside my kitchen window. But Phase Two involves topsoil and sod...soft, green, clean sod!