Jumpstarting the Backyard: We Got Grass!

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As you may know we recently built our own home and just last week the builder came out and sodded the yard. I think it’s great that they gave us some grass but our backyard looks pretty funny with only half of it sodded. It goes grass grass grass big mud pile. The boys sure do love it though. My mud dobbers. The rule is they sod the front yard and only so far in the backyard. Grass seed here we come!! Sod is definitely way more expensive than seeding. While it may take longer to grow I much rather save money and keep some doe in my pocket.

Eventually though we’ve talked about maybe a coy pond and raised garden beds.

coy pond raised flower bed

However, this year our goal is working on the inside of the house, but next year it’s yard time. We plan on landscaping, maybe putting in a patio, and just trying to make it look nice. To jumpstart a new yard I will need a lot of gardening supplies like an edger, good dirt, shovels, flowers, fertilizer, and some kind of mulch like Scotts Florida Select Natural Eucalyptus Mulch. I love to put mulch in flower beds and around trees. I think it’s a nice finishing touch.

florida mulchFor my Florida natives out there, eucalyptus mulch is great for your area because it is a natural renewable resource that prevents weed while keeping soil moist and at a nice temperature-perfect for sustainable gardening. Best of all it’s grown locally so when you buy it you will be helping your local economy. It’s simple to use too. Just spread about 3 inches deep around plants and beds that have developed plants.

Shucks. We all can’t live in Florida can we? Well, for those of us not in lovely Florida Scotts Nature Scapes mulch has the same benefits listed above and also comes in a variety of colors to match your landscaping needs. Personally, I usually go for really dark mulch or almost black. I’m not sure why but I just prefer that. I also prefer dark woods in furniture than light. I just like dark I guess. I have noticed though if you use a dark mulch like black the color can be washed away with enough water. Eventually it all fades and doesn’t look as nice. If that is going to bother you you may be better off choosing a more natural color.

What is your favorite thing about your backyard? Is it a retreat or just grass? Do you have a garden?


Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.


  1. Although I do like a nice garden I am too lazy to tend to it and hubby is just as bad so we prefer to just have grass and even then getting hubby to keet the grass looking nice is a task and a half………………..lol

    • I agree. Having a lot of plants is def a task to keep up with and it can be hard to do so. I can’t wait till we can get an irrigation system so we can just flip a switch the plants are watered.

  2. Hi Krystle! I love the fact that it’s BIG, which means we can play vollyball, badminton, and football AND the lake(even though it’s not in our backyard, but our neighbor’s) 🙂 Thanks so much for dropping by…have a lovely weekend!

    Michell @Prowess and Pearls

  3. Susan Cooper says:

    You are making great progress. It is always nice to play in the yard. 🙂

  4. Graham V. Guzman says:

    As an example of how beneficial this can be, Jiles says, “I have three large pecan trees in my yard and they produce a tremendous amount of leaves. Instead of getting out there and raking the leaves, I just put the mulching blade on my mower, and go over the leaves and it chops them up into very small little pieces and they fall down between the blades of grass, reintroducing this organic material back into the soil – pretty much the way nature would. In nature, those leaves would sit there on the grass and that material would go back into the soil. Mulching speeds the process up because instead of a whole leaf, it is chopped into 100 little pieces, so it decomposes faster.” Mulching these leaves also alleviates the issue of them smothering the grass underneath, which can sometimes happen if there is a bulk of them that are heavy and wet.

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