With the dirt down, the next step is grass.
We could wait until the Fall, but that would mean a bare dirt back yard for the whole summer. The weather prediction is for rain this whole next week, so we figured we would try to rush it before the rain.
The last time we bought grass it was Zoysia Palisades from the Grass Outlet. A rough calculation with the area calculator on their site suggests 1.6 pallets, which since it sells only full pallets, is 2 pallets. A pallet covers 450 square feet. We ordered from them, with delivery on Saturday.
The grass arrived on Saturday at 12:00 noon.
and we had it installed -- which is to say spread out on the dirt -- by 3:00.
It took the entire 2 pallets, none left over. This is with leaving a bed area along the fence from the green electrical box for Linda. We will extend the bed to the East of the electrical box too, by ripping out the grass that is already there.
Once the grass was in, it appeared to me that there were holes and gaps in the sod and some sod pieces were really thin, so I thought it would be good to top-dress the new sod with dirt. I got a cubic yard of professional mix from Whittlesey and spread it on the new grass, raking it down so that the grass is still visible. Hopefully the rain/watering will wash this down to the roots.
It took an afternoon to adjust the height of the sprinkler heads to adjust for the depth of the dirt and grass put on the lawn. Some of the heads were about 6 inches underground.