Before, During, After

I want you to know I have not touched the color of the photos I'm posting today at all.  They may look like they've been photoshopped but they haven't been.  (Well, I did add some text to one or two of them, but there were no color adjustments whatsoever.)

Ok, then …

Before:

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Yes, that is what my backyard grass was looking like last week.  

Another section of it looked like this:

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During:

Next came a zillion worker men.  This part of the process got a little messy:

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The entire job (about 1,000 square feet of grass) took a total of four days from start to finish.  Speaking of completion ….

After:

The end results made us question why we didn't do this years ago.  I can't imagine how much we would have saved by now on our (very large) water bills!

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No, I did not pick up the pool toys for these photos.  Don't you feel just like a member of the family?

This next area used to hold a swing/fort set when my kids were younger.  Now there's a little garden tucked back in the corner.

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Here's one last photo of the completed project.

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What a huge improvement, don't you think?  

By the way, artifical turf is installed a bit differently if you have pets.  A few of you left comments or emailed me with questions regarding pet use.  A good turf company will make sure your yard is designed for your needs.  (Or should I say your pet's needs?)

I think it looks so much better.  It will save us a lot of money on water bills (drought-ridden California = big water bills).  The dogs and bazillions of wild rabbits won't be able to kill it either.

There's only one problem …

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Somebody misses having all those rabbits around to chase.

© Twenty Four At Heart

69 Responses to “Before, During, After”

  1. elaina

    Wow! Looks great. I might have to show my Grandma who is always complaining about either the water bill or the grass looking drought nasty. This looks really good. I heard people were doing this but had no idea it would look that nice.

  2. elaina

    Wow! Looks great. I might have to show my Grandma who is always complaining about either the water bill or the grass looking drought nasty. This looks really good. I heard people were doing this but had no idea it would look that nice.

  3. elaina

    Wow! Looks great. I might have to show my Grandma who is always complaining about either the water bill or the grass looking drought nasty. This looks really good. I heard people were doing this but had no idea it would look that nice.

  4. Jan

    You have the cutest bunnies and doggies destroying your grass I’ve ever seen! :^P Actually, the artificial turf looks much better than I’d ever expected – I’m impressed. And I bet PR has thought of yet another benefit to it – no need to mow!

  5. Jan

    You have the cutest bunnies and doggies destroying your grass I’ve ever seen! :^P Actually, the artificial turf looks much better than I’d ever expected – I’m impressed. And I bet PR has thought of yet another benefit to it – no need to mow!

  6. Jan

    You have the cutest bunnies and doggies destroying your grass I’ve ever seen! :^P Actually, the artificial turf looks much better than I’d ever expected – I’m impressed. And I bet PR has thought of yet another benefit to it – no need to mow!

  7. di

    Artificial turf has come a long way in it’s looks and technology over the past few years. Most people still think it looks like it did 10-15 years ago, but not so anymore. Your yard looks great, Suzanne! Can you tell us what the lifetime of the grass is supposed to be?
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  8. di

    Artificial turf has come a long way in it’s looks and technology over the past few years. Most people still think it looks like it did 10-15 years ago, but not so anymore. Your yard looks great, Suzanne! Can you tell us what the lifetime of the grass is supposed to be?
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  9. di

    Artificial turf has come a long way in it’s looks and technology over the past few years. Most people still think it looks like it did 10-15 years ago, but not so anymore. Your yard looks great, Suzanne! Can you tell us what the lifetime of the grass is supposed to be?
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  10. Maureen@IslandRoar

    Yes, I’d also like to know how long it should last. It looks great! Is it able to withstand any type of weather, or should it just be in fair-weather places?
    I’m sure your dog will find something to fill up his days…

  11. Maureen@IslandRoar

    Yes, I’d also like to know how long it should last. It looks great! Is it able to withstand any type of weather, or should it just be in fair-weather places?
    I’m sure your dog will find something to fill up his days…

  12. Maureen@IslandRoar

    Yes, I’d also like to know how long it should last. It looks great! Is it able to withstand any type of weather, or should it just be in fair-weather places?
    I’m sure your dog will find something to fill up his days…

  13. Kristan

    LOL!! Poor puppy. But OMG WOW, your yard looks UH-MAY-ZING!! Totally the right call, IMHO. Now I’m jealous…

  14. Kristan

    LOL!! Poor puppy. But OMG WOW, your yard looks UH-MAY-ZING!! Totally the right call, IMHO. Now I’m jealous…

  15. Kristan

    LOL!! Poor puppy. But OMG WOW, your yard looks UH-MAY-ZING!! Totally the right call, IMHO. Now I’m jealous…

  16. NeCole@Eclectic Ecstasy

    Check with your local municipality. Up here, they are paying people to replace the grass in their yards. It varies from city to city but I believe it’s between $1,000.00 and $3,000.00. You may also be eligible for an Eco-improvement tax credit–worth a look.

  17. NeCole@Eclectic Ecstasy

    Check with your local municipality. Up here, they are paying people to replace the grass in their yards. It varies from city to city but I believe it’s between $1,000.00 and $3,000.00. You may also be eligible for an Eco-improvement tax credit–worth a look.

  18. NeCole@Eclectic Ecstasy

    Check with your local municipality. Up here, they are paying people to replace the grass in their yards. It varies from city to city but I believe it’s between $1,000.00 and $3,000.00. You may also be eligible for an Eco-improvement tax credit–worth a look.

  19. Peggy

    Geez Suzanne! You’re yard is gorgeous! When am I getting an invite? I can use the pond if you don’t ya know, want me in your pool…pool, pond…whatever! 🙂

  20. Peggy

    Geez Suzanne! You’re yard is gorgeous! When am I getting an invite? I can use the pond if you don’t ya know, want me in your pool…pool, pond…whatever! 🙂

  21. Peggy

    Geez Suzanne! You’re yard is gorgeous! When am I getting an invite? I can use the pond if you don’t ya know, want me in your pool…pool, pond…whatever! 🙂

  22. Maggie May

    God your before pics is what our yard looks like. We have two large dogs, one of which looks just like yours.

  23. Maggie May

    God your before pics is what our yard looks like. We have two large dogs, one of which looks just like yours.

  24. Maggie May

    God your before pics is what our yard looks like. We have two large dogs, one of which looks just like yours.

  25. Grace

    Gorgeous! I just love it! Your after shots are how I wanted our lawn to look but alas our lawn looks nothing like it.

  26. Grace

    Gorgeous! I just love it! Your after shots are how I wanted our lawn to look but alas our lawn looks nothing like it.

  27. Grace

    Gorgeous! I just love it! Your after shots are how I wanted our lawn to look but alas our lawn looks nothing like it.

  28. Sandra

    Pooor doggy but yay for you! The new yard look fabulous! I wish I was a fly on the wall when the rabbit realizes his digging days are over.

  29. Sandra

    Pooor doggy but yay for you! The new yard look fabulous! I wish I was a fly on the wall when the rabbit realizes his digging days are over.

  30. Sandra

    Pooor doggy but yay for you! The new yard look fabulous! I wish I was a fly on the wall when the rabbit realizes his digging days are over.

  31. Christine

    Ha ha! Awwwwww poor puppy. I will send MY rabbits, how’s that? I’m tired of the Beagle thinking baby rabbits are toys.
    The yard looks great!

  32. Christine

    Ha ha! Awwwwww poor puppy. I will send MY rabbits, how’s that? I’m tired of the Beagle thinking baby rabbits are toys.
    The yard looks great!

  33. Christine

    Ha ha! Awwwwww poor puppy. I will send MY rabbits, how’s that? I’m tired of the Beagle thinking baby rabbits are toys.
    The yard looks great!

  34. dogmother

    You’re a meany to take the rabbit toys away!
    So, what happens when they pee on the turf..does it get stinky? What about cleaning up the poop?
    It looks so great. Don’t you hate it when you put up with something annoying for so long…then when you finally change it, you wonder how you ever put up with it.

  35. dogmother

    You’re a meany to take the rabbit toys away!
    So, what happens when they pee on the turf..does it get stinky? What about cleaning up the poop?
    It looks so great. Don’t you hate it when you put up with something annoying for so long…then when you finally change it, you wonder how you ever put up with it.

  36. dogmother

    You’re a meany to take the rabbit toys away!
    So, what happens when they pee on the turf..does it get stinky? What about cleaning up the poop?
    It looks so great. Don’t you hate it when you put up with something annoying for so long…then when you finally change it, you wonder how you ever put up with it.

  37. Kristin

    It looks GREAT! we have a small backyard that is mostly patio. But we do have some grass and it’s just WRECKED because of our two dogs. We’ve been thinking about going the artificial route too. We’ve tried seeding, roping off areas, etc. and the dogs just ignore.

  38. Kristin

    It looks GREAT! we have a small backyard that is mostly patio. But we do have some grass and it’s just WRECKED because of our two dogs. We’ve been thinking about going the artificial route too. We’ve tried seeding, roping off areas, etc. and the dogs just ignore.

  39. Kristin

    It looks GREAT! we have a small backyard that is mostly patio. But we do have some grass and it’s just WRECKED because of our two dogs. We’ve been thinking about going the artificial route too. We’ve tried seeding, roping off areas, etc. and the dogs just ignore.

  40. Midlife Slices

    I’m curious too, about where your dog will do his bidzness.
    BUT….your yard looks GREAT!! I hope it works out well for ya but with the huge cracks in the earth that we get when we HAVEN’T had 30 inches of rain in 5 weeks……it would just suck all that turf completely underground.
    p.s. Is Mr. B a little jealous?

  41. Midlife Slices

    I’m curious too, about where your dog will do his bidzness.
    BUT….your yard looks GREAT!! I hope it works out well for ya but with the huge cracks in the earth that we get when we HAVEN’T had 30 inches of rain in 5 weeks……it would just suck all that turf completely underground.
    p.s. Is Mr. B a little jealous?

  42. Midlife Slices

    I’m curious too, about where your dog will do his bidzness.
    BUT….your yard looks GREAT!! I hope it works out well for ya but with the huge cracks in the earth that we get when we HAVEN’T had 30 inches of rain in 5 weeks……it would just suck all that turf completely underground.
    p.s. Is Mr. B a little jealous?

  43. jennster

    oh i’m SO happy you did hte turf!!!!! yay! it looks great and OMG, NO MAINTENANCE! i mean really.. how much more heavenly does it get?!?!?! 🙂

  44. jennster

    oh i’m SO happy you did hte turf!!!!! yay! it looks great and OMG, NO MAINTENANCE! i mean really.. how much more heavenly does it get?!?!?! 🙂

  45. jennster

    oh i’m SO happy you did hte turf!!!!! yay! it looks great and OMG, NO MAINTENANCE! i mean really.. how much more heavenly does it get?!?!?! 🙂

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