I am going to detail this project in several posts because there is a lot of history with me and my back yard grass. It has been 12 years of a love hate relationship. My backyard has St. Augustine grass and I have never quite been able to figure out how to properly care for it. It seems like I always have issues with dead spots and it is just finicky grass.
I don't know what happened within the last year but it is completely dead and gone. The weeds have taken over and I have a mess. I decided that I have had enough and I am going to resod the whole backyard in Bermuda grass, Tifton 419 to be exact.
I also have this huge hill leading up to my small tool shed. This hill is like 60 to 75 degrees steep. It has always been a pain to mow and just to climb up it is a chore much less push my mower into the shed. In addition to resodding the yard, I want to make this hill less prominent.
I resodded my front yard exactly 10 years ago and I had a guy who did some grading for me. I gave him a call to see what he would charge to level out the hill, scrape everything smooth and prep it for me to lay sod. His quote was that it would cost me between $2500 to $3000 dollars by the time I paid his fee, paid for the amount of dirt to level off the hill, and pay for the sod. That was probably a fair estimate, but I didn't want to pay near that amount of money.
So with that, I have decided to tackle the whole project myself. The plan is to dig up the entire yard by hand, haul in dirt to level out the hill, and lay the sod. The wife was not happy about this new project given the fact that we have a newborn but I reasoned that now is the time before the weather gets really hot. I also promised her I could do the whole thing in 7 days. And so Hell Week begins....
Here is my yard in 2010, look how nice the St. Augustine looks.
It isn't perfect, but it looked pretty dang good.