Monroe Homeowners Upgrade Yard

We recently completed a yard overhaul for a Monroe homeowner. Poor soil conditions had contributed to an unhealthy lawn with perpetual drainage issues. The client wanted to improve the yard’s drainage, replace the lawn, and create a foot-friendly border path around the deck to make it easier to mow.

First, we removed the damaged lawn and dug 4 drainage channels plus a perimeter drain line around the yard. (click on photos to enlarge)

New drainage improvement channel connects to perimeter drain line monroe homeowner yard upgrade

New drain channel connects to perimeter drain line

 

 

In each channel, we installed a perforated pipe filled with drain rock wrapped in filter fabric. All together, this installation created 185′ of new positive drainage with two catch basis tied into the storm drains.

 

 

 

 

 

New sand and compost tilled into existing clay soil

New sand and compost tilled into existing clay soil

 

 

Next, to improve the poor quality clay soil, we imported sand and compost to fill in the new drainage lines, and tilled them into the existing clay.

 

 

 

 

 

Lawn filled in, established boundary for border path

Lawn filled in, established boundary for border path

 

 

At this stage we designated the boundary for the new border path surrounding the deck. The homeowner requested a functional and aesthetically-pleasing border to accompany the new drainage and lawn installations.

 

 

 

 

 

Premium organic topsoil being added to the yard

Premium organic topsoil being added to the yard

 

 

Next we topdressed the area with organic topsoil to prepare for the new lawn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Base of new lawn after handseeding

Base of new lawn after handseeding

 

 

We then handseeded the new lawn and applied fertilizer (click on photo to enlarge).

 

 

 

 

 

New lawn coming in with foot friendly border path

New lawn coming in with foot friendly border path

 

As the new lawn took shape, we filled in the perimeter border with pea gravel to create a foot-friendly path between deck and lawn. This hardscape border will also make it easier for the homeowner to mow along the edges of their lawn.

This multi-stage project came together successfully and homeowner was grateful for the improved functionality of their new yard.

 

 

 

 

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