Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Landscaping Diaries

Yard work is not at the top of my favorite projects. I like instant gratification. That's not to say that when the fiancé edged the yard there WASN'T instant gratification (because, there was!), but filling in and growing grass? yawn. Also, double yawn when you're me and horrible at watering regularly. I go in spurts, and apparently vegetation doesn't respond well to that. Just ask the plethora of dead plants sprawled about my house. BUT! We've come a LONG way out there so let's take a look back at the last two years of work, because you care about the state of my landscape? Right? OK GOOD.



When I moved in there was a nice clothes line (with gas powered lamp!) that just HAD to go ASAPies because modern technology invented a mechanical DRYER. Also, remnants of a past tree circle loomed and took FOREVER to be successfully filled in.



Now it's a beautiful fall oasis - we added brick siding, a planter wall, and some HOSTAAAS (which are currently dying because FALL, not me.).

If you turn around towards the house, a few years ago you'd see THIS:


I think my favorite project out here was removing the 'brow' because SO MUCH light came into the dining room. See that green shrubbery above? ALL LIES.


Dead. I gave them a chance (pruned them) to grow into their full potential. But when no signs of life existed I started pulling them out, and planted ALL THE HOSTAS.




Speaking of dead shrubs...


Behind the garage there were some MORE, but these were HORRIBLE to get out. It took me an entire weekend to trim them back, and then a few hours for my father and I to break our backs cutting, pulling and cursing them out. BUT ALAS. They gone.


(post planting)


We planted a row of, you guessed it, HOSTAS, and called it a day.

The FRONT of the house hasn't seen as much change over the past 2 years.


We added a flag, because AMERICA. And some planters. Edged the walkway and...that's IT! I actually really like the profile of the front yard so, we good.


BUT, my landscaping crew did NOT like this front yard tree. You see, the pine tree was being over run by about 10 million smaller trees. It was like a mini-forest. He started pulling everything out before the blogger in me could take a photo. Here it is complementary of Google maps:


It's super hard to see, but basically the bottom portion is a lie, and is just another tree going rouge. Also, the neighbor kids kept throwing their cigs/beer cans in there, so THAT had to stop...


 See that little stump? Still need to get rid of that, but, took 2 weekends and about 8 lawn care bags to get everything under there (ONE entire bag was full of pine needles ALONE). Still a ways to go to get this looking OCD perfect, but a good start.





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