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#DigIn To A Hard Day’s Work With The Home Depot

This is a sponsored post, one in a series, written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. Big love to them for wanting to work with me and OWTK, and for helping me get my yard in order for the 2013 outdoor season.

Watering the sod Home Depot #DigIn

Watering flowers, or in this case, freshly laid sod, is one of life’s most peaceful activities and was made even more zen-like thanks to my rainmaker nozzle and new coil hose. What preceded the tranquility, however, was a Molotov cocktail of grunt, sweat, and a few tears…not all of which fell from my eyes.

Mrs shoveling for sod Home Depot #DigIn

The Mouse awoke with a stomach bug, vomit and all, which limited somewhat the wifey’s participation in our dig & smooth front yard fiesta. I was in the muck alone for a couple of hours digging out bizarro grass patches, chopping roots, and raking soil like a madman. And it was freezing out there! Once the weather straightened up in the afternoon, Mousey-pooh was chillaxing on a blanket, under an umbrella, and within view of her mum, so all was okay for the sick little 5-year-old. Then we two tag teamed the heck out of the dirt peninsula all afternoon, and got 1/2 the sod down and watered. That was yesterday. The rest went down today, after an enthralling European football doubleheader, during which my aching bones took great pleasure in NOT moving at all.

The new sod from the Home Depot #DigIn

The commercial grade landscape fabric will be placed and stapled down tomorrow night, in that huge area beneath the stones on the side of the house, ahead of the 4 tons of 3/4 inch red stone that will be delivered on Tuesday afternoon. That’s right, 4 whole tons of red stone goodness. Project Red Stone is nearly there! This is surreal, I cannot even believe that after a year of coming home to a massive dirt and weed patch, I am 48 hours away from my dream garden. Of course, above ground embellishments like a whiskey barrel planter, rusty old bike, swing and more will come later on, staggered throughout the 2013 outdoor season (and as our finances permit,) but the heavy lifting (literally) will have been completed.

With the extra stone, I ordered more than we need for the big front of house garden, we will redo all of the small front flower patches, including around the mailbox, under the Japanese maple tree, and around that super sized bowling ball of a bush that sits along the front walkway.

Ryobi Sting Trimmer from The Home Depot #DigIn

My back was killing me today from hours of shoveling on Saturday. I decided to a break and take my new Ryobi string trimmer for a walk around the backyard. Man – o – man! That thing is awesome. It was fully charged in about an hour and has plenty of giddy up to tackle even the tallest and toughest grasses along my fence and the perimeter of the girl’s play structure and rock climbing wall. The thing is so light, yet feels incredibly sturdy, and the 1-touch string advancement system on the Ryobi worked like a charm. The best part of the entire trimmer is that it is a single line that comes out. This is huge because I have struggled mightily in the past with trimmer line refills, trying to get the double line outputs lined up and shoved in. A nightmare, really. It is comforting to know that I won’t have that issue again. Ever.

Oh, and during one of my three trips to The Home Depot over the past 36 hours for new gardening tools and supplies, I signed up for the Home Depot Garden Club. I did so on my phone in the parking lot, got the $5 coupon emailed to me straightaway, and showed it to the cashier while buying the sod and 3 really heavy bags of Scotts Turf Builder Seeding Soil.

We’re in the home stretch, people! (That reminds me, I’ve gotta stretch tonight) And I couldn’t be happier, or more achy. But happy, so all is very good.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

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