Landscaping Diary – Week 3

Landscaping Diary – Week 3

Progress is being made on the landscaping! My parents were a HUGE help this past weekend as we all worked to clear out almost all of the rock, bring in some more dirt, pull out half-dead bushes, plant a bunch of new plants and finally mulch all the way around the house!

Alright – so let’s remind ourselves what the front of the house looked like a couple of weeks ago…

Apart from nothing being leafed out yet, it is entirely depressing and lacks any type of personality. So, we got rid of all that pink rock, and it started taking shape.

We removed those half-dead bushes (that the asian beetles really liked) and curved the bed out a little to round off the corner of the house. Much more organic & interesting looking, I think.

Then, we brought in a load of dirt to bring the level of the beds up a little and have them slope away from the house. This is important to keep water running away from your foundation. No one likes a soggy basement! We also made a Menards trip and loaded up on some plants! Aren’t they cute?

Then, some landscaping fabric went down and a nice fresh layer of dark brown mulch. Getting there!

And here is what the front yard is looking like now! So much better!

The red maple tree also got some lovin’ with a nice new bed underneath complete with hostas and blue bugleweed. Here’s the process. What a difference!

So did the pine tree on the front corner of the lot. Here’s what it started out as…

And this is after a little edging and some mulch. Now I don’t have to dance with those long, spiky limbs when I mow!

The backyard before was full of weeds and it was impossible to mow properly because I had to get right up next to the house.

So, we started laying the ground work for a larger bed that surrounded the porch and worked to rid the back bed of its resident thistles, dandelions, quack grass & moss.

And here is the backyard now! Wow! That mulch is just amazing. Now, you can see just how many plants we actually had back there. We only planted a couple of small plants back here in addition to all the wonderful things that were already in place. I can’t wait for everything to bloom and grow!

And, before I forget, we also got some cute little annuals to go in the front planter on the front stoop. I can’t wait to see how these grow and bloom, they will be such a nice accent to the front of the house!

Alright, so now I have to finish painting the shutters and re-hang all of those and get a couple of planters planted to accent  the front & side doors. Oh, and we still have a little more rock along the driveway to figure out what to do with. Then, we’ll plant and mulch those beds for the final push to the finish of phase one. Then, it’s on to the patio!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend, despite the kind of disheartening weather. More updates to come!

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