Efficient backyard garden – Part 3: Irrigation

Now that we have cleared our yard, it’s time to get the irrigation setup installed.  Since we already have a sprinkler system in place, the overall process is simple.  We are going to remove the old layout and install new piping following a design that better fits our garden boxes. While simple, I wanted to cover this process for those unfamiliar with installing PVC.  If you have never connected PVC before, the idea of shopping for the right type or priming and cementing might be foreign.  This guide will cover everything you need to get started with changing an existing

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DIY landscaping: Getting rid of excess dirt

Removing excess dirt from your yard can be a major undertaking.  Not only does it take substantial time and energy to move, but the costs can be surprisingly high. If you are planning on removing a lawn and recreating your yard into a beautiful garden on a budget, you may want to know some tricks and tips on how to get rid of excess dirt cheaply.   Understanding the dirtiness of your dirt: fill dirt vs “dirty” or “debris” dirt Before you start contacting people to haul your dirt away, it is best to understand what type of dirt you

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Efficient backyard garden – Part 2: yard destruction

A smart person wouldn’t remove an entire backyard’s worth of dirt in the heat of July.  Neither would they do it all themselves, armed with just a pickaxe, shovel, and a lot of beer. I am not a smart person. Beginning the first week of July 2017, I slowly but surely carved out every inch of sod in my backyard. What was the temperature that first week?  Oh, go ahead and take a look. Again, not smart.  It took me twenty-seven days, dedicating a few hours here and there, to excavate all the dirt. Here’s that story.   Removing a

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Efficient backyard garden – Part 1: planning

After months of neglect, my backyard lawn has turned into a home for weeds.  Between other projects and laziness, I have let my already unkept lawn turn into an overgrown nightmare.  While the sod in the backyard was never beautiful, it has easily gone past any hope for recovery.  However, this brings forward a new opportunity; a chance to change the yard into something new.  I have toyed with the idea of transforming my backward lawn area into a garden before, and I think now is the time to do it. Why start a backyard garden?  Mainly because I am

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