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Disclaimer: So many, many thanks to Compact nguồn Equipment Rental for sponsoring this project. You guys seriously rock. And now I’m going khổng lồ have a new back yard because of you! 100% of these words are my own.

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Ok, so the backyard leveling project — can I take a moment just to be glad this is off my to-do list? Not the physical part of the project itself — but the actof writing everything down và finally publishing these before and after photos. Và THERE’S VIDEO. After more than six years of blogging about the house và its transformations,it’s amazing how integral these recaps are to lớn mysense of completion.

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And since this one also includes a giveaway for one lucky reader, I think that’s pretty fantastic! (*giveaway has ended*)

If you weren’t following along in August (or just not paying that much attention — which is fine, we all have those moments and I forgive you), I did something that I never really thought I’d ever get the chance to lớn do: I spent an entire week in the driver’s seat of a backhoe from Compact nguồn Equipment Rental & leveled out my yard. It was one of those projects that has been on my wish danh mục ever since moving into the UDH, but because of time, expense, & a complete lack of experience inliterally moving the earth to my will, I put it off. Doing the math on how many cubic yards of fill dirt I’d need, the logistics of how dirt is even going khổng lồ get distributed, who I’d need khổng lồ call, whether I’d need approval from the county or whatever, how long this might take, etc. —the list just went on for reasons not to lớn think about this yet. Each little detail seemed so intimidating, andI’ve never really had a picture in my mind what things would look like once finished… makingitall that mucheasier to procrastinate.

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But I promise you: you can definitely, totally do this. I did. And it was awesome.

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So, let’s get to it:

I covered back in this post how the whole thingsuddenly came about, especially some of the things I needed khổng lồ cover before the equipment even arrived:why the sinkhole existed in the first place, how I decidedon the right equipment, what to do before you dig in regard to lớn buried utilities, finding fill dirt, & the delivery. After day one, I did a Facebook Live post about my thoughts so far, và you can catch that here.

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All caught up? Good. Because when I last left off, things were starting to look really different, and I was finally standing in a part of my yard that I’d never stood before (that sinkhole was dangerous, so I generally avoided it).

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It took many trips from my driveway to lớn the back yard to lớn distribute the dirt (low power nguồn lines prevented the trucks from driving back further), but after days 2 & 3, I was making significant, visible change, especially khổng lồ the back left corner:

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Starting on Thursday morning, ittook about two full days of work to lớn get the entire first huge truckload of fill dirt moved into the yard. For my neighbors, watching me ride around on this thing, scoop up dirt, và carefully navigate to lớn my back yard proved lớn be a sight to lớn see. One guy walking his dog grinnedfrom ear to ear và gave me the thumbs up; kids getting off the school bus were thoroughly confused.

After trying lớn compact the sandy fill dirt(lowering the bucket in the front along the ground seemed to bởi vì the trick),I realized I’d probably need sometopsoil so that I could help establish grass. According lớn my neighbor,I didn’t want all of this work khổng lồ get eroded away from rainfall, và grass would help it stay. I called up the soil guys to lớn get a second load, và that’s where I ran into a snag:they wereclosed as of Saturday afternoon & wouldn’t be able to deliver until Monday morning. Wop, wop. I was pretty disappointed, especially since I was expecting a whole crew of my friendsto come over that evening lớn help move more dirt around, và that essential piece was now missing. We made it work by having them start on all of the roots left over from the pine tree removal from last year, và they all seemed to really enjoy it!

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Sunday was rather boring since I was merely trying to lớn get things compacted and level and scoop up remaining dirt off the driveway (the ONE area where it seemed super easy to get everything compacted well, which I didn’t want). I also filled in another sunken spot in the front yard that would make mowing easier in the future, và dug up the rest of the plants that I wanted to clear out. The pile was laughably huge… all of that was in my yard?

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I also piled everything up since I didn’t want lớn have a repeating sinkhole problem; the whole issue was created back when the house was built because of buried debris just lượt thích this, so I was cautious khổng lồ remove and separate every large branch, root, và bush I could find, & only leave compacted dirt behind.

Finally, the topsoil arrived, & I finished things off with distributing the remaining load. Insert “that’s what she said” joke. I did a final Day 5 Facebook Live video clip too.

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Charlie was… a little uncertain with what had all happened. I pretty much gutted her bathroom, which I can understand is quite a change! She seems lớn lovehow much more of the yard she can explore now, though.

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Once my rental was over, it was time khổng lồ arrange for pickup. All I had to vì was hosethe equipment down và fill the fuel back up, and it was ready to go. (Sniff. I’ll miss you!)

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I’d like to take a minute & just acknowledge that for some of you guys, this might not even look like the most amazing transformation lớn ever happen lớn this house. But I assure you, after the last couple of months of being able lớn walk around my entire yard instead of having to avoid the giant pit behind that tree, believe me: this is big!And the most amazing part was that once I had this part solved,I suddenly found the inspiration for what the rest of the yard will look like. I started drawing plans!

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I basicallyKevin Costner-d my way to an actual plan for the back yard’s design; until I finished it,the ideas would not come. It’s been a couple of months already, so the pine straw is coming down và I’m full ofideas. I can’t wait khổng lồ get started on all of the other things. My favorite part? The overgrown back corner is now going khổng lồ be the perfect spot for a shed:

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At CPER’s request, I combined most of my experience into a short clip for Youtube, along with some video footage of me in action. If you can’t see the embedded video below, just click over here (and subscribe if you’d like to see me vì more vids). I also uploaded the Facebook videos lớn a single playlist so that you can watch them all in one place if you wish.

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