The Smell of Good Dirt

By: Julie Day

For me, this fall has been focused on getting my lawn re-established after having it graded over the summer. Following my own advice, I evened out most of the lumps and bumps by top-dressing and then sowed grass seed.

For the top-dressing, I opted to purchase a truckload of blended topsoil mix. It’s always made my plants happy but admittedly, as my young neighbor put it, “It smells like a trash can.” Honestly, smelling like a trash can has never stopped me before.

Almost a month later, my back has recovered from unloading over a ton of heavy soil with a shovel, my grass is sprouting, and everything’s looking nice and green. The topsoil still proudly advertises its ingredient list to every nose within a quarter-mile radius, but the grass is happy. And if the grass is happy, I’m happy!

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