Once Chris and Luke had ripped up all the concrete in the backyard, it was time for Day 3 with Chris' sister and her boyfriend. The plan was to get all the bits and pieces of concrete out, and if we got that done, then it was time to start the big dig (everywhere where pavers are going needs to be dug out about 9 inches). We had HOPED that maybe towards the end of Day 4 we'd be able to start the big dig, so we were a bit ahead of the anticipated schedule, which was awesome.
And there was a lot that needed to be cleared out
Before Sarah and Eli came over I got started on the side of the house
I collected all the big pieces of concrete and piles of lots of concrete chips and put them in the front yard on our tarps with the rest of the concrete (we tried to keep the dirt and concrete as separate as possible so that we could haul away the concrete to the concrete recycling center and they don't accept any dirt)
Once it came to the point where it was dirt mixed in with small concrete flecks, I collected it together in a bucket, then tossed it in the pergola bed as fill
Things went pretty quickly
While I worked on the side, Chris worked on hauling out all the big concrete pieces that were still in the back
Soon Sarah and Eli arrived and jumped in
With the 4 of us working we got the yard cleared of concrete pretty quickly and before lunchtime we started the big dig.
Sarah and Eli worked on the transition from the patio area to the grass and Chris and I worked on digging out the strip of grass on the side of the house
But this time, with the digging getting started, the pergola bed started getting pretty full
By the end of the day (8 hours of shoveling concrete and digging) the four of us had gotten A LOT done (and were pretty fucking exhausted).
We cleared all the concrete
Eli started a nice corner over by the garage while Sarah was picking up lunch
Sarah and Eli got a nice border dug where the pavers will transition with the grass
Chris and I got a good portion of the side yard done (we'll eventually re-do the driveway at the front as well, but that's at a later time)
And Sarah and Eli joined in by starting to dig along the fence line (while still giving enough room to get the wheelbarrows by)
And we were left with a big ol' pile o' dirt in the pergola bed that we started raking to try and spread things out
With Sarah and Eli's help the yard was starting to look really great. And by great I mean, the concrete is gone and digging is started
We got further than I think any of us anticipated, which was good news. The goal with my mom, step dad, dad and step mom coming the next day was to get allllllll the digging done. It's important to take advantage of your parents as much as possible :)