Go back with me to about 2 weeks ago when Chad and I worked on leveling out the front yard and getting it ready for a flowerbed. What this meant was shoveling dirt and grass for a loooooong time. The previous owners of our house had placed a raised flowerbed bordered with wooden beams around a tree in the front.
Here's the best before picture I have:Chad had previously moved the wooden beams from around a tree in our front yard. We were left with a large area of 'elevated' grass around the tree. We transplanted the grass to other areas of our front yard that needed it. Now we're just hoping for the shock of it being transplanted to pass and for the grass to begin growing. Underneath the grass was about a foot tall of dirt. We worked from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm one Saturday hauling off dirt to other low areas of the yard. No lie ... 5 1/2 hours of shoveling and 'wheelbarrowing' dirt. We were sore. We calculated it up that we moved near 30 loads of dirt. I don't know what kind of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th wind my body had to enable me to do that kind of physical labor. But we are very proud of our work and much happier with the way it looks.
Beginnning to move the grass...Half way through the shoveling...Laying the grass in other areas...Yay! Level and ready for a flowerbed!!*Whew! We are glad that is done!