Well, my baby grass got it's first mow today :) I was going to wait another week but the way it's growing so fast now it needed it immediately. I could not be happier with the way it's coming in. There were some real obvious patchy spots just a few days ago but the seed is filling in so nicely I'm not even sure I'll still need to do patch work.
All that's really left to do now, is continue to water daily and get some of that awesome red cedar mulch and top up the sections around the fence. Here are some before and after shots. All the before shots are what it looked like in the first week after the fence guys were done, and what it looks like today.
If you click to enlarge, you can see how muddy it all still was the day this before shot was taken.
The before shot in this comparison was literally the way it looked the day the fence guys left, just five weeks ago. The after shot is today taken from the same corner of the house.
Before: 3 weeks ago (I'd already seeded a week prior to this)
After: how it looks today. The PVC lattice hanging on the fence when the sand box is in use, serves a double purpose. 1. It's a handy place to put it and 2. It actually brings a little life to that drab, old, faded fence wood. We are seriously considering having the same company back next spring to replace this back fence to match the side fences
So, this concludes the DIY Back Yard Project for 2016. It was a LOT of hard work, and worth every trip to the massage therapist!