Tuesday, 7 May 2013


Hello friends
A different blog post today but something I wanted to share with you.
The VT (Victorian Terrace) has had a garden makeover! 
My garden is small but amazingly it still takes a lot of gardening time.  
Over the last 10 years or so I've re-turfed the lawn a couple of times but it never looked good,
certain areas always refused to grow and it was never going to look bowling green standard! 
My eldest son Mitchell hit upon the idea of artificial lawn - after some research we discovered
it is pet friendly, weather resistant and permanently green! 
I was able to buy an off-cut to fit my garden and taking on the job ourselves meant it 
would be economical too.
So the task began...
 Mitchell lifting the old lawn.
 As you can see it wasn't a great lawn!
 Tiring work.
 Very exhausting for Bella!
 More than half way lifting the old lawn.
Ikea bags - so useful for gardening!
 A wooden frame was needed (thank you Dad!)
 Levelling the soil - again big thanks to my Dad who stepped in to help.
'Stepped in' is what we all had to do at this point - trampling the ground to make it firm.
For ages we waddled around like penguins - I'm sure it gave the neighbours a giggle.
 13 bags of sand later....
 and plenty of paw prints!
 The artificial lawn at last ...it is like fitting a carpet.
 Finished - much greener and nicer!
 I'm thrilled with the end result.
So grateful to my family.
 Mitchell worked so hard, he said he wanted to make things easier for me over the Summer.
(I think he really meant he didn't want to end up mowing  the lawn each week!)
So - not craft related today but I will be back soon with some projects.
Take care friends.


baconbits said...

Morning, a good idea if short on time more time to craft.
Amanda x

Chris said...

Morning Christine,
Well done to Mitchell, your new lawn looks great, but does he realise that he needs to hoover it once a week LOL. Bella looks like she is enjoying the sunshine too.
Chris X

Chrissie J Lui said...

Morning Christine, Well done to you all, Bella looks as if she had a busy time too, she even found time to have a nap.
The lawn looks lovely.

Happy crafting
Chrissie x x x

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Hi Christine looks like you had a really productive weekend! Well done to Mitchell he looks like he worked so hard! Looks fab certainly worth the hard work! Susan x

Clai01 said...

It looks good to me Christine, dogs seem to pick out all the best spots don't they!

Bea said...

Hi Christine what a lovely son you have. Your garden looks lovely and if easier to manage will be you more crafting time.

melanie said...

Looks like you all had a busy and hard weekend but the finished result looks great .Melanie

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. The lawn looks great. You certainly have a very thoughtful son who is trying to make your life easier at a time when you will all be busy with other far more important things. Well done Mitchell. I hope the sun continues so you can all get out in the garden to enjoy it.Take care.

Janice said...

Hi Christine
What a fantastic idea, your garden looks lovely! Well done to Mitchell for all his hard work.....and to Dad....and of course Bella :-))
This must mean there's more time for crafting in the future?
Have a lovely day.
Janice x

Sue Yorkshire said...

Christine this looks fantastic, we have seen this and thought if we had a smaller garden it would be a good option. Well done to Mitchell doing all that hard work and to Dad of course.. no more lawn to cut. I agree about the Ikea bags they are brilliant for rubbish
Hope you get loads of sun to enjoy the garden
Sue xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine. What a wonderful job the Emberson family have done on the lawn. Youre so lucky, and deservedly so, to have such great sons. Pat on the back to Dad too. Bella was obviously supervising the whole day!

Hope the sun continues to shine as I'm off to UK for a long weekend to incorporate HSNW. Anyone else going?

Love Val in Spain xxx

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, What a fantastic job, well done to Mitchell, Dad and All, including Bella 'the Supervisor' ha ha, and I bet Mitchell is feeling the 'after effects' on his back today !!!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Wow! what a difference and no more mowing, what a very thoughtful son Mitchell is, dad's are great too.
Bella looked like she enjoyed the work, bet her busy little nose was into everything.
Take care.

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Christine, good to see Mitchell mentioned and he's done a fabulous job with a bit of help! Had to laugh at bella helping out or not!! Hope you all have a better week.Emma

nattyboots said...

Haha Bella had the right idea Christine ,But really good work from Mitchell and your Dad it looks lovely .

I have the same for my lawn Christine its great , just one word of warning though it is lethal in winter when we have frost and snow ,

Take care
Elaine H X

Janice said...

A lovely result Chris, well done to the men in your family for knuckling down and doing some hard work. Bella had the best idea to sit and watch from a relaxing seat. Lets hope the lovely weather continues. Janice x

Supernan Sue said...

It's a Great job well done by one and all. Bella you have done a sterling job keeping everything organized.
A very sensible idea when you have so much on your plate
Take care
Sue x

Anonymous said...

I love your blog today Christine, especially Bella putting in her twopenworth. What a lovely boy you have there.
take care xx Carole N

Lacelady said...

What a transformation - well done to all. (and not a weed in site, forever!)

Elaine said...

Good morning Christine and wow the new lawn looks great ! Mitchell and your Dad did a fantastic job. Our lawn isnt the best of colours either, i personally think its the extreme weather xx

hazel young said...

That's lovely and no lawn to mow bonus. glad the family all pitched in to help, now you can just sit and enjoy it xx hazel

Sarah said...

Hi Christine

Your new lawn looks amazing and eternally green! Fair Play to Mitchell and your Dad they worked hard to achieve this.

Sarah x

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine. Your garden really looks great, no more mowing sounds good to me. Take care . x.

Maddie, Nottingham said...

Good morning Christine, your lawn looks lovely and what a workforce you have in your family. You are very lucky. Mitchell deserves a little treat for doing all that hard work. So glad that you have one less thing to think about at this time. Crafting can wait - it will always be there for you! And all of us!

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, looks good could do with it myself but my lawns are too big, fed up with dandilions needs weeding and feeding another job i hate love Jean Z xx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Christine,
My hat off to Mitchell and your Dad and you, for that "family project".
At my sports club we've had artificial pitches for years and years and they're looking fine.
Looking forward to the final stage of your tutorial...
Rose x.

Layerlass67 said...

Hi Christine, well done Dad and Mitchell! The new lawn looks great. I think this is something we might have to think about as we are fighting a losing battle with our lawn. We keep getting bits dying off where Honey pees and the Dog rocks are useless. Have a lovely day. Hugs. Gemma xx

Maggieann said...

Hi Christine,
What a hard working family you are ~ Mitchell, Dad and supervisor Bella put in some hard graft, with the end result of a wonderful looking lawn!Well done to you all. Hope you get a chance to enjoy the sunshine sitting out admiring that new lawn. Hugs xx

Cazann49 said...

Hi Christine, The "lawn" looks lovely :) I see Bella put her "mark" on it by putting pawprints all over the sand lol. Well done to you all xxxx

Craftychris said...

It looks brilliant! What a fabulous idea - what a good team you all make (Bella included) xx

Ita said...

hi Christine what a great idea,well don Michael and Dad and of course Bella.It looks super.We have an acre of garden ,and grass cutting takes 2 hours.

Anonymous said...

What a marvellous job - well done to all - happy summer days to you all
Phil D

Sue B said...

Do you know Christine your son Mitchell is such a treasure, what would you do without him. A lovely job well done by all & no grass to cut means more time to either sit in the garden or to craft. ENJOY!!!

Carol J said...

Looks good to me :)

Carolyn H said...

What a great idea, welldone to all including little Bella.C.B.W. Carolyn x.

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

We have the same problem in our garden, and have toyed with the idea of false grass... so I call it.. yet to find some affordable that I like yet... well done on yours looks brill!

Sandra said...

Mitchell you are simply Amazing done, such a good idea too! looks fab and so low maintenance!
Christine i love that you share the non-crafty things with us all!
Sandra x

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine - Wonderful, Wondeful Lawn. Mitchell is a very caring and thoughtful son. Well done Mitchell and of course your dad.
Val C xx

Carole Z said...

Lovely lawn Christine, well done to Mitchell and your dad..I see Bella is impressed! Carole Z X

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christine

your old lawn looked just like ours. However, ours in on a larger scale. Well done to Michael and Dad, and Bella for supervising. They all worked very hard. I assume this is like astro turf, which they use for football pitches. You now have a lovely trouble free lawn to relax in the sun on.

Anonymous said...

That looked like hard work, well done Mitchell and Dad! Worth the effort though as it looks great. Juliatx

Ella's Design said...

It's funny, Christine, I was looking at artificial grass in the hardware store over the weekend! My garden is a little larger than yours however and would probably cost a fortune! My grass at the minute is more of a moss and weed combination, though I have to say, I love dandelions, they're like little sunshines - good thing really! The hard work was definitely worth the effort as your 'lawn' looks fantastic! Lisa x

Jean Prescott said...

Hi Christine - love the new garden - my son recently did this to his garden as there wasnt a very big space for lawn, It has looked great all the time - Bella looks as though she likes it - By the Way Bella is about a month older than my little Yorkie - Bonnie, I love seeing her photos - take care Smiles - Jean x

AnneRD said...

What a great transformation Christine, well done Mitchell for working so hard. It's really difficult getting a plot ready for laying a lawn. Anne x

Ann said...

Hi Christine

Love the new "lawn" its just fabulous well done to Mitchell and your Dad for stepping in you did make me smile when you said about waddling around like penquins he he:-)
Friends of ours are thinking of replacing their v.small lawn surrounded by lots of old trees that has never really grown well with this kind of turf boy what a great idea no more mowing and sneezing when you collect all the cut grass a winner all round.

Hugs Annx

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