Rebuilding The Runway

 In Joie and 4 Gordons

The path all 4 dogs take as they go tearing out the back door after a bird they’ve spotted in the yard is what I call The Runway. 😁

The dirt had sunk, especially in the corner, so it was a low point in the yard collecting water and the sprinklers were too high to water it properly. Add originally laying it in the dead of summer, which is 110Β° around here, didn’t help. So it was looking a little sad.

With all I’ve learned this past year, and since not being able to use grass seeds due to crickets that love grass seedlings 😦, I can now do a great job transplanting, patching holes and putting seams together πŸ€“.

This was my biggest repair job yet. Unplanned too. The idea struck and I knew if I didn’t do it now it wouldn’t get done this year. The seasons of life in nature trump time and agendas.

The prep work was Not Fun. And to not waste the bits of living grass I pulled up I used it to patched other various holes in the yard. Time consuming, ugh, for sure and yet I do love not having holes. 😁

Actually laying the sod was the easy part. πŸ™‚

Now if I can keep it alive and the fence not peed on (or jumped over)πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈwhile it grows roots. πŸ™πŸΌπŸ€žπŸΌ

I want to know why human urine is good fertilizer for grass but dog urine is not? πŸ€”

All that being said, the reason I work so hard on the grass is for the Joie on my dogs 🐢 faces when we play ball on it…

watching them roll in it….

enjoying the coolness in the shade on grass that never gets too hot to burn your feet….

being able to ground myself…..by sinking my bare feet into REAL grass that feels like coming home is an awfully nice side benefit.

then there’s playtime…

and mealtimes with no danger of eating rocks….

#selfcare at its finest πŸ’–πŸ˜

#homeownerlife #lovemydogs #gordonsetter #lifeofjoie

Update: I am ecstatic to share that after a couple weeks of extra daily waterings, the new grass is doing better than any sod previously laid! Except for the brown patches where the fence was peed on while we were gone for 12 days and they “forgot” where they aren’t allowed to pee. It’s now had two haircuts and can be walked on. The chairs are my genius idea to have them go around The Runway while the new grass is settling in as they take off out the back door. πŸ˜ƒ And they can pee on the chairs which are on the rocks. πŸ’‘πŸ˜Ž

This new patch is now Ian’s favorite spot in the yard. 😊

So now you know I’m obsessed with grass. Lol. I’m sure if you’re a dog owner you too have great stories of the things you do for them and because of them. I’d love to hear some!

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