Week 64: My fake Yelp review of our flake landscaper

Towards the end of April, as the ground thawed and our muddy pit of a yard revealed itself again, we called a bunch of landscapers to inquire about having the final grade of the yard done. We found someone willing to take on the project, who came out to the house a few times to look at the yard, and told us it would be a little bit yet before everything firmed up and could be taken care of.

On May 2nd, a bunch of truck loads of dirt were delivered to our front yard. We thought, at first, the landscaper was moving ahead with the project. It turned out, instead, that our excavator’s crew accidentally dropped dirt off at the wrong project. But as we’d need dirt anyway, we kept it.

Weeks passed, we never heard from our landscaper.

Finally Josh called him again and he said that he was being held up by the piles of dirt in the yard because, as it had recently rained significantly, they were just big piles of mud that he couldn’t do anything with.

So we got a Cat, and spread around the dirt ourselves so that it could dry out…and continued to wait for the landscaper.

A month passed.

On June 18th, Josh called the landscaper again to find out what was holding up progress now. The man claimed he’d been stymied by rain on a big project that he was just finishing up. we were next on the list, and he imagined that he could likely start on the yard the following week.

That week passed.

Another week passed.

And finally this week, Josh called him a final time to find out why we hadn’t made any progress, only to find out that the guy had again started another big project which he was behind on, and he would get to our yard, eventually, but he could make no promises on when that would be.

So much for being “next on the list.”

Fortunately, we never gave this clown any money…only two and a half months of waiting around for nothing.

So, my review: If you’re looking to do a project yourself after believing that you hired someone else to take care of it… If you’re looking to let your yard grow three foot weeds for two months that you will eventually have to hack down and treat yourself… If you’re looking to be strung along for two months only to find out that everyone else is booked until September and you’re now out of luck…

Do I have a landscaper for you!

And as a result, Josh and I spent part of this week in the miserable throws of trying to tame our significantly overgrown and unleveled yard. First I spent two hours weed whacking everything down. Then another two hours weed treating the entire yard with a pump sprayer.

At the end of the week, Josh had a Cat delivered again, and started pushing around dirt…though we’ve realized that we’re going to have to do all the edges by hand with a rake and shovel.

All of which is just really annoying because we were supposed to have this done. And there aren’t a lot of things we’ve conceded to other people doing…so when we make up our mind to turn it over to someone else, it’s a bit annoying to have to take it back on ourselves.

While the yard was a project unto itself this week, Josh also continued inside to finish the remaining trim in the house. Nowhere was this finishing transformation as evident as on our staircase.

And just because I can’t help myself, I kept buying furniture this week too!

Along with matting and framing some “artwork” for the staircase wall.

Big installs coming this week ahead with the countertops and then the first of the appliances! The plumbers came last week to finish the water hookups, so we have running water in the faucets now, and this week with the stove and microwave arriving, Josh should be able to heat up his lunches…wash his dishes…and have a place to sit at the counter while he eats!

Or he can sit at one of our two tables…they just keep showing up! 😉


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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