Side Porch Gone & Lawn Patch

My house has four exterior doors. On a larger house, probably not an issue. But for me, who is paranoid about home security, it is an issue. I use the front door and back door, but the two side doors (one in the kitchen and one in my bedroom), are always locked and blocked off. In addition to being useless, they also come with ugly, rotting porches.

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My boyfriend Jaymes is great. A few months into our relationship, I’d say that I hated something about the house. The next nice day, he’d be out in the yard fixing it. Thus, this ugly side porch is gone! It took him and my besties Lauren and Ashley a day or so to rip it out, along with the boxwood that was full of bees (in the spring time).

So the ugly porch is gone. Jaymes is going to install a gate/railing eventually, so it looks a bit more finished. Visually it’s opening the space up quite a bit. I never realized how much space is in that little side yard before. It’s a space of about 6×13′ if I were to guestimate.


Jaymes and I initially thought that if we just spread some grass seed around and watered it, it’d fill in. And yes, some grass did grow, but it was definitely a very sparse, patchy situation. Probably much like what’s going on underneath the presidential combover.

So, the first warm day when I had some free time, I figured I’d apply some elbow grease and loosen up the the soil with my pitchfork. Then, I’d add some  more all in one seed and fertilizer to the mixture. file1

As you can see, the ground was very hard and compacted, it’s no wonder most of the grass didn’t take. Even though it had rained the day prior, and I wetted the area with the hose it was still pretty tough to loosen the ground. Plus, I was trying to keep the young grass already growing intact. It took about three hours longer than I had imagined it would. whomp whomp. The good news is, I got to listen to Serial’s new Podcast Shit Town, and wow is that podcast great. Seriously, listen to it. Today.  


Another different thing I tried on this round of seeding was extending the area to blend it with the surrounding grass. I figured if I poked around about a food outward of the bald spots, it would look a little more natural when I filled it in. Lowe’s was having their spring black friday deals so I got this 20lb bag of Scotts EZ Seed Patch & Repair for ~$26 bucks.


At first I was like, this is some bullshit, they totally sold me a bag of dirt with like six grass seeds mixed in. But whatever, we’ll give it a shot. IMG_7356

I hope you appreciate this photo, because it is quite difficult to throw a handful of seed while also taking a picture of it. P.S. I got seed in my eye, so thanks blogging. I have a grass seeder in the house’s crawl space. But it’s dark down there, and there’s spiders, so I figured I’d just sprinkle it on by hand. Even spreading it out about one to two feet past the borders of the bald spot, I was able to really lay it on thick. I probably had enough seed for twice the space I needed.

file5The good thing about this product is that when it’s wet it turns a very dark brown. It’s a great visual indicator to let me know when it needs watering.

file4You can see the dark brown/wet spots there on the bottom left hand side of the image.


So here’s my big bald patch, aerated, seeded and watered. I’ll post updates as we go along. Fingers crossed it doesn’t stay a mud patch forever!

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Hello random internet person! I'm Julianne. I live with my boyfriend Jaymes, and our dog Cash. His full name is Johnny Cash, but apparently dogs stop paying attention after one syllable. Anyway The Real House Blog is about our house projects and making a home together. I like writing, photography, and telling people what to do; so a blog is a perfect opportunity to share my opinions with the abyss of the interwebs. It took me a long time to find my home, peace, and love. In darker times, a few awesome blogs had always been a pleasure to read, a wonderful constant that could cheer me up. So now I'm excited to possibly create some joy for you Mr. or Ms. Reader. Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the blog! The opinions expressed in this blog are mine and mine alone, and do not represent my employer.

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