I have always loved homes with beautiful lawns. For as long as I can remember my parents always made sure that every home we’ve lived in had a gorgeous carpet of grass surrounding us. I loved that. Green grass reminds me of family memories and summer.. all the good things. So when we recently purchased our Santa Barbara home I knew that I needed to make a few changes to give it the same look and love that I craved.
Our new home came with a huge overgrown garden and buffalo grass. If you’re familiar with this type of grass you’ll know that while it’s great for drought conditions it’s not best in a small space.
Our home has a mix of garden levels with the lawn space in the back making the most impact. It sits just outside our living room with large double wide sliders and a view of the ocean. It’s prime for picnics and Maggie rolls. ;) While I loved the placement I was disappointed when I saw that the lawn was filled with long buffalo grass. It also had a ton of bugs living in it that jumped onto your legs as soon as you walked on the grass. Definitely not what we wanted, so this week we decided to remove it and replace it with a beautiful new layer of sod.
We knew that a fresh blanket of greenery is exactly what this garden needed and boy were we right! As soon as the old grass was removed and the first line of sod was laid, Jeff and I couldn’t have been more excited!
The area, while large enough for a pool really called for more. It needed color, life and something to ground the space. Everything grass can offer. Now when looking outside of our living room we’ll have the perfect backdrop for our ocean views. We’re so thrilled! While this yard is large there is little grass in it so I welcome the change and the softness only new sod can offer. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that can make the biggest difference don’t you think?
For those looking to do the same and are curious about pricing. For our area we spent $2,800 to have the Buffalo grass removed and to lay the new sod. So worth it! We went with Marathon 1 and love the look and durability of this option. The area we landscaped was around 750 square feet.
While we can’t dive into it the same way we can a pool I feel it’s exactly what this yard and we needed! :) You’ll have to let me know what you think! Do you love grass as much as we do?
For more information about our home and garden click here.