Sunday, October 2, 2011


Our Saturday morning started off with coffee on the front porch waiting for the rumble of a tractor trailer to interrupt the singing of birds, barking of dogs, and the general sounds we enjoy.  It was still dark at 7 when the guy from Moretti Trucking, a business just across I-35 from us rolled up our street with the freight we have waited close to a year for; grass!
 I believe that October is my favorite month of the year in this part of Texas.  The mornings and evenings are generally cool enough to sit outside and enjoy without need for a jacket, yet during the day the sun still provides a summery feel, only reaching into the 90's.  I could enjoy this year round.  We wanted to take advantage of the comfortable morning temps and get the grass on the ground before it got sticky, so we were off.
We decided to start with 6 pallets, 3 for the front of the house and 3 for the rear.  This would offer at least some semblance of a lawn, and help keep the sand dunes from rushing into the house every time the door is opened.  We went with a Bermuda called 419 Tif that is grown nearby and works well in the sandy loam of our area.  Golf course grass is what it is.

I needed to mow down any of the existing weeds and common grass before we put the sod down, but as luck would have it, since I have not had to mow the sand in quite some time, the battery on the mower was dead.  I whipped out the weed whacker and sure enough, I was having some issues with the string dispenser. 
Just a slight aside, if you don't mind.  I love my Echo weed whacker.  It is heavy duty and the engine starts without issue.  It came with this U-load style head that, in a perfect world makes loading the line easy.  In reality, with all the sand that gets into it, trying to install new line is a major pain and extremely frustrating. 

So, I decided to try one of these heads that has little easy to install plastic blades.  They snap in and out with ease.  I was really excited to try it out after removing the old head and installing this new style. See how fancy those yellow plastic blades look?
Yea.  Those lasted all of about 8 seconds against a clump of tall stickers on the edge of the driveway.  Unbelievable.  I guess I'll see if they make a blade that fits the head that has a little more strength.
So anyway, on with the laying of the grass.  According to our salesman/truck driver/delivery guy, there was no need to put down a weed barrier or add topsoil.  This grass is supposed to take root directly into the sand.  I can tell you, it was much easier and lighter to work with than the St Augustine we put in in our last house. 
We did get some help towards the end from one of our neighbors who stopped by to drop off some plants (thanks, Phyllis), but really six pallets was not too much for us to knock out with a morning of work.  And the result was great!  The grass guy told us that we'd be calling him for more once we saw what a difference it made, and sure enough, by noon, Eva was on the phone lining up 6 more pallets for next weekend. 
And of course, Gracie and Panda offered their full endorsement of having a place to roll around without worrying about stickers. 
And I like it too!


Albatross said...

... having a place to roll around without worrying about stickers.


I've lived in South and Central Texas all my life. Once the stickers start to take hold, they're a bitch to get rid of.

Dave said...

Yea, well, supposedly this type of grass will smother them out. Of course, what they may have not told us is that we have to stack three or four pieces of sod on top of each other to smother the stickers out. We'll see how it goes.

Keith Alan K said...

Looks great!