Yesterday, we hired some local gardeners to bring out a sod cutter and remove our dead grass. We had planned on doing this ourselves, although everyone who has been through this program says that this is the worst job ever, and if you're going to hire one thing out, it should be this. We called over to Home Depot to find out about renting a sod cutter, and it would have been 89 dollars for the day. Plus, it won't fit in a vehicle, so we'd have to rent a truck and trailer to bring it home. We might have been able to rent it for four hours to save 25 bucks, but all in all, we figured we'd need plenty of time. By the time we added it all up, it was going to cost us 150 dollars for the tool/truck rental -- and that was before we put in any labor of our own (plus dump fees for getting rid of the dead grass). So we called a couple of places and were happy to hear the quotes - 350-400 dollars, which was entirely reasonable. And best of all, they said they could do it the next day. So now we have this:
In the meantime, we went to a plant selection class, and as everyone was arriving, signing in, etc, there was a name and phone number projected on the screen, with the title: Free Dymondia. We wrote that right down, and after class, we went by and scored 8 flats of dymondia. Here it is in our holding zone:
Originally, I had marked out a slightly different plan, but Dale said he wished we could figure out a plan where we don't go in, then just turn around and walk the same path out, so this one has an entrance and exit.
We also made a few kokedama, moss surrounded plant balls suspended from strings. One of my students created a how-to video in our technology class, and I've wanted to make some ever since then. (here's the video tutorial: https://vimeo.com/63858985)