Damn genuis*

22 03 2009

 This weekend was Daws’ birthday party and in preparation of it I wanted to get some more yard work done.  I did just that on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Friday I bought more mulch and some flowers/plants for one of the garden areas…the back left area.  I also bought some flowers for some of the pots and boxes I have.  I managed to plant all the pots and the flower box, as well as   the window box that came with the house I also put some more mulch on areas that needed more thickness. 

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Saturday I spent much of my time indoors however I did manage to rearrange the left back garden area and plant a couple of the things I had purchased on Friday.  Steve worked on the garage area and cleaned out the leave and started laying down mulch.  I helped finish that job.  We’ve now gone through 13 1/2 bags of mulch with one last area to mulch.

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Today, Sunday, I attempted to kill some weeds and trimmed some of the trees.  I also purchased an outdoor rug and re arranged the deck furniture.  *Genius being I finally figured out our outdoor water problem.  We’ve been having problems getting it to come on. It’s been taking forever to turn on and if we have to turn it off to move the sprinkler we again have to wait forever for it to come back on.  I don’t know why but today after watering the front yard and leaving and coming back and turning it back on to get the back and it not coming on for over 15 minutes I had a light bulb moment.  I went into the house and turned on the kitchen sink and a second later – bam the sprinker was on.  So we tested it and sure enough as soon as we turn on water in the house the outside water comes on. Just like many things about this house – the water is weird!

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Landscaping continued

16 03 2009

I didn’t have enough time to upload all the before and after photos this morning – too much housework to be done.  Here are the remaining shots…

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Landscaping begins

15 03 2009

I was wrong – we have 8 garden areas, not 7.

 My idea of working on 1-2 areas each weekend for a month to get everything done went out the window.  Saturday was filled with yard work, lots and lots of yard work. We just kept working and working and working.  About 7 1/2 hours total.  We started off going to Lowe’s for mulch . I then preceeded to clean up, redo to the bricks and mulch the front circle area. I think it looks so good now!

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Steve helped some but he had to pick up all the branches in the front yard, left from me cutting them down on Friday afternoon.  One of them was much higher than the other two and was a major pain to cut down but they do look better so it was worth it.  Let’s just hope they bloom some nice looking leaves because they are still so ugly!

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Next we worked on the 2 side areas, the left back area, the other front area and the back center area.  We cleaned up the leaves, pulled lots weeds, removed brick, relayed brick and layed the mulch (10 bags total).  In the process we removed some ugly bush/tree things and cut back a tree next to the deck.  We managed to work on every area minus one (the garage area) and finshed 6 areas total.  The right back area still needs a bit more cleaning up, trees trimmed and mulch but it was 6:00 by the time we got to that area  and we were exhausted. 

And now for the before and after shots…

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Landscaping

11 03 2009

I’ve become neglectful at updating this blog.  It’s not that awful considering I barely have any readers however I didn’t start this blog for readers. I did it for myself, to have record of the house progress – something to look back on in a year or so and say – wow I really did accomplish something great didn’t I?!

We are still working hard at getting things done.  Currently we are working on a plan for landscaping the yard.  It’s a ton of work and will be weeks in the making but hopefully by summer we’ll have a wonderfully landscaped yard.  Although considering we spent close to $300 and we didn’t buy one single plant/flower I’m not sure how pretty the 7 seperate garden areas will look but the yard should look nice – if the grass seed we plant works the way we hope that is.

7 seperate garden areas.  Crazy right?  I think my plan is to attack them one by one each weekend we get some nice weather.  Although I have a hard time with that type of plan – generally I jump from one thing to the next – getting bored with one setting.  Hopefully that won’t happen here. 

Here is what I am dealing with…

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I’m calling this the back right garden area.  It has all sorts of things going on.  It will be one of the last areas I tackle and hopefully the area needing the least work but it will depend on what starts growing.  So far I know there is trimming to do and weeds to put, maybe some mulch but hopefully it’s not a major project.

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This is the back center area.  There are bushes on both sides in front of the deck.  This should be a fairly easy project.  Raking of leaves, cleaning out the area and laying down mulch should make it look good (enough).  I’ve already trimmed back the bushes. 

Next area, back left.  If you look at the picture below, there is a much bigger area to the left of the lamp post.  There are some weird things growing in there (like this ugly bush/tree) and some things starting to bloom as well.  On Saturday Daws and I did alot of work on the area and it already looks much better just cleaning out all the leaves.  Weeds need to be pulled, ugly things dug up and replaced with better plants/flowers and mulching will need to be done.

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The next area I’m calling the side garden.  It will be one of the true garden areas.  Things are already blooming all over the place now.  Daffodils we think.  There looks to be a couple other things coming up as well.  I worked on the side garden on Saturday as well.  There are a ton of weeds to be pulled and I want to plant some more flowers and put down mulch.  I’m looking for it, and one other area to really stand out so I’ll be putting most of my efforts into those 2 project (maybe 3 if I decide I want more work).  Again, I don’t have a close up picture with me but it’s the area behind the black fence in the picture below.

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Next we have the front circle area (around the tree) and the 2nd area I really want to stand out.  Things are already sprouting up and I plan to add to it – tulips I think – and put down red mulch.  I also believe I will have to put down new bricks for the circle.  The previous owners did a crappy job of laying the bricks. 

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The next area is also in the front, the front yard area.  I also worked on it on Saturday, cleaning out a ton of leaves and trimming the bushes.  A few things are starting to sprout up so I’m not sure if I’ll be planting additional things but there is an area in the middle of two sets of bushes that is empty.   It looks weird (as you can see in the photo) so I’m trying to figure out how to fix it.  Of course we’ll mulch it like the other front and hopefully it’ll be one of the easier projects.

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Finally we have the garage area (not the best picture).  From the door all the way across to the end you may see the bricks that have been layed out around the area.  The same flowers that are growing elsewhere are here as well.  It’s the area I’m least sure about.  I am torn if I want to make it a 3rd big project or just clean it up, see what grows and leave it be until next year.  It will depend on how much work the other areas take and how much money we shell out.  It’ll be the last project done.

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Soon I will post the pictures I took last weekend.  Saturday we all worked hard on the yard.  Steve doing the most work.  It was a great day to work and play.  Daws and I raked up several bags of leaves andpicked up a ton of sticks/branches.  Steve raked up the leaves on the drive way, removed the remaining junk,  and mowed the entire yard to get it ready for seeding.  It looks so much better now.  I didn’t get pictures of the yard after all the work was done but I did take some video.  I put them on flickr…you can check em’ out if you like.

I’m so excited for things to start growing, the grass to (hopefully) start look ing better and everything to shine…especially the sun..spring please come soon!