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!

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