Thursday, July 11, 2013

Growing Some Big Guns

I am happy to say that this may in fact be our very last post about outdoor landscaping projects (crossing my fingers). We are slowing down on yard work and gearing up for our huge master bath overhaul.  While we still have many more yard updates we would like to do, we are pretty content to stop at this point and wait until next year to continue in our yard beautification quest.

So, without further ado, I give you our 5 tons of rock yard makeover.  Yes, I said five tons...  That is a lot of shoveling and we grew some extra muscles.  But, let's not get ahead of ourselves.  If you remember, about 2 months ago, we had a back corner of our yard that looked like this:

Lord help us, that was a mess.
Luckily, my parents came into town and proceeded to work for four days straight to help clean our yard up. Afterward, this corner looked like this:

I knew this wouldn't stay looking nice for the long haul; there was tons of grass just waiting to pop up in that bed.  So, we set out to make this transformation more permanent by adding landscaping fabric and some good old local river rock.

We started by digging up anything else that was "pokey" in the bed, rolled out some professional grade landscaping fabric and then began the rock shoveling process.

It's quite the workout!

2.5 tons of rock later, this bed was looking good!

We did relocate some junipers because they were not loving their original home.
Big change from this jungle, right?

I am so thrilled with it.  Double bonus-not only does it look a million times better, but there are now less snake hiding places in our yard.  Score!

But why would we stop there when we have other jungles in our yard?  Suddenly, my answer to all unruly places in our yard became, weed barrier and rock.  I was somehow able to get Eric on board with this plan to!  So, the first thing that we did when we returned home from Albuquerque last weekend was to attack another overgrown bed.

Here it was in the beginning:

Mess, right?  Eric basically just throws all of his garden weeds into this strip of yard because it is out of the way and well, ugly.  I avoid this corner of the yard because I have seen multiple snakes there. Cut to 12 hours and another 2.5 tons of rock later though and we had this!

Wahoo!!!!  Yes, it is a bit bare (we only left one plant and a couple of raspberry bushes), but in my mind bare can be good.  Especially when we have so many other areas of the yard to maintain.

So, there you go.  Our yard has made some major progress this year and so have we!  We now know how to landscape beds and pick appropriate plants.  Next year's plan is to get the bark out of some remaining beds and rock them as well.  We would also like to add a pergola to our deck and plant some more grass seed.  Until then though, I am quite content and love spending time out back.  After months of hard yard work, it's time to sit back, relax and enjoy our newly transformed yard!

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