Category Archives: Improving Your Yard


A Sad Sod Story: How DIY can actually cost you more money

I am not a DIY’er, I do not enjoy outside work or manual labor, but I made an exception in this case because I thought I had what it took. Oh how wrong I was. My sad sod story was a disaster from the beginning and I regret not seeking professional help from the start.

Sod appears happy after being installed, though the color is off a bit, I was reassured that the grass would "perk up" in a few days by the big box store I bought it from.

Sod appears happy after being installed, though the color is off a bit, I was reassured that the grass would “perk up” in a few days by the big box store I bought it from.

(Written as someone was speaking to the sod)

It was 2 weeks ago today that I brought you home from the store to come live at my house. I did everything the people at the home improvement store said to do to prepare for you. And I did these things a week ahead of time to make sure your area was ready to go when you arrived. I asked for specific directions because the people at Lowe’s know I’m not a master gardener, not because they think I’m an idiot, but because I told them that I was when it comes to plants. I followed their directions to a T. When I picked you up, you were heavy and your color wasn’t great, but they told me when you were laid down, you’d perk up and to be sure I gave you water every single morning. So I did. Every morning I watered you, I cleaned you off when a duck would leave poop on you. I cleaned off any debris that had fallen from the trees that towered over you. I made sure that the area you were being placed in had an appropriate mixture of sun and shade throughout the day and carefully planned everything out.

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Sod appears to be getting sad….

Unfortunately, none of that was enough. I started removing your neighbors one section at a time when I saw that you were in distress. I’m sure you noticed that the patch beside you was gone….and I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to save you. I tried. I moved unhealthy patches and put them in a better place in the yard to ensure they could flourish and grow. And even though they were in uninhabited areas with no ducks (or pigs) they still slowly died off even with my aggressive intervention.

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Large sections are having to be removed to help neighboring pieces thrive.

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Removed piece of sod

Today I finally realized that I also cannot all the rest of  you despite my very best efforts.

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95% of the 3 week old sod is a slimy mess. (THREE weeks)

I was very proud of you for thriving for the one day you did, considering everything you endured and suffered through, but the ammonia and food particles from the duck poop and probably the displaced eggs that were discreetly laid on you finally took the last bit of green you had left. I hope and pray that the next yard you’re able to grace is able to provide you with nutritious soil and no heavy traffic so you can be as glorious as I know you can be. Until then (or until I can afford to spend another 500.00 to buy more) I will wipe away the tears when I see the dirt spots in the duck pen as I remember the day I lost 3 pounds in 105 degree heat making sure the area was graded to facilitate drainage and the day I installed yard drains to be sure you didn’t drown.

I was hoping that the ducks could roam around their pen without the fear of any of them getting bumblefoot from the clay undertones and small rocks they kept digging up, but without you, I will not have peace of mind. I do hope that you find a patch of green in the sky, and until we meet again, I thank you for your short lived service to my duck pen. Since you were not with us for very much time, I cannot discuss any grand gestures made, or life changing events that took place because of you….only what my dreams were. Tonight you will be placed in the compost bin, this is something that I know nothing about, and have never used, but it felt more appropriate than dumping you in the trash. RIP sod.

RIP sod

Just gross. The sod is dead. RIP sod.

If you want to attempt something yourself and you’re unsure how to do it properly, just don’t. Hire professionals. Basnight was able to fix my yard and I am forever grateful. Thanks Basnight Land & Lawn! My sad sod story allowed me to speak on behalf of other inexperienced people who may be thinking of tackling similar projects on their own. Save money, save time, hire a professional.

Written by Brittany S. (a non-DIY homeowner)


Which Backyard Outdoor Living Space is Right for You?

With summer approaching quickly and temperatures rising throughout Virginia, you may be looking for ways to improve your backyard and make it more “livable.” School will be out soon, and your backyard has the potential to become THE hangout spot of the season.

OS7-lgHowever, summer in Virginia can be hot and unbearable without a source of shade or area to relax, and adding an outdoor living space is one of the best ways to spend more time outside. With so many options available for outdoor living spaces, it can be tough to choose which is right for you. Although our experts are always ready to talk with you help you decide, we’ve outlines a few pros and cons to give you some ideas before you pick up the phone:


  • Pros: This type of outdoor living space provides the perfect amount of shade for outdoor relaxing and activities while still being an open and airy space. They are also extremely customizable, which means you can cover an entire outdoor kitchen, or just a small space in your yard to hang a swinging bench!
  • Cons: A pergola will protect you from the sun, but not from rain.

Covered Patio

  • Pros: A covered patio provides the most amount of shade and protection against weather. If you are planning on dining outdoors or hosting parties and don’t want to worry about them getting rained out, a covered patio may be the outdoor living space for you!
  • Cons: A covered patio will block the sun almost completely, so it may not be the best option for poolside relaxing.

Open living space

  • Pros: An open living space allows you to have a designated relaxation and hangout area, without the commitment of a covered space! Open living spaces are especially great for poolscapes and fire pits. Though they offer no shade, umbrellas and other décor can be added to block the harsh sun.
  • Cons: Open living spaces offer no protection from rain.

If you’re ready for the outdoor living space of your dreams for a better, more relaxing summer, give the experts at Basnight Land and Lawn a call at (757) 436-9617, or use our online contact form.


What’s on Your Wish List? New Yard?

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The holiday season is finally here! We know how busy the next few months can be with gift shopping, hosting family and friends, and holiday dinners. However, it is important to remember to take some time for yourself and consider your own wish list as we head into November.

Often when thinking about our home, we want to impress guests, the neighbors or potential buyers. As the current resident though, you are the one who sees your home every day. Your home and yard should look the way you’d like them to be! Think about what activities you love and take a look at areas of your backyard and decide what is on your wish list this holiday season. For instance:

  • Do you frequently have family gatherings or friends over? It may be time to add an outdoor living space, fire pit, kitchen or seating area to your wish list! If you are wondering how you can increase time spent with loved ones in your backyard, adding additional, comfortable seating that encourages socializing may be the solution.
  • Are you unhappy with the state of your lawn and don’t have time to maintain it? Monthly maintenance by our professionals needs to be on your list! Basnight provides services for residential properties keeping irrigations systems working, winterization, grounds maintenance, and service repairs.
  • Are you bored with your backyard and don’t want to spend time in it? Everyone should have their own backyard oasis that they can relax in. If you aren’t spending time in yours, you may need to add some excitement! Add a water feature, pond or landscaping to your wish list and have a beautiful outdoor space right outside your back door!

This holiday season, let Basnight Land & Lawn make your wishes come true. If you’re looking for the perfect outdoor space, landscaping, water features or monthly maintenance, give us a call at (757) 436-9617 or fill out the contact form online to find out what options are best for you.

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Completed Project Photographs By Basnight Land & Lawn

completed projects at Basnight

Summer is heating up and Basnight Land and Lawn has been out all around Hampton Roads doing what we do best. Check out these examples of the pool decks, firepits and paved walkways that we’ve created for clients this season. These are completed project photographs by Basnight Land & Lawn.

Please note, these projects will be customized for your specific needs for your particular purpose.

Do you need landscaping or hardscaping for your home or business? Give us a call today at 757-436-9617.

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