I’m back today to share some progress on our landscaping! Here is a reminder of what our house looked like the day we closed on it:
Everything was overgrown. See more in my previous post HERE if you missed it.
Unfortunately we were unable to keep most of the existing landscape because some things had become so overgrown that it caused the smaller bushes beside them (Yes there are many small bushes in there that you can’t even see!) to die off in places from lack of sunlight. We did keep the Japanese maple on the corner here:
But it really needed a good trim:
This house did not have gutters when we moved in, so we had those added in May. You can see in that photo above how the gutter down the side has sent a river of water down our yard every time we got a hard rain, and it washed out our grass pretty badly. My hubby installed a drain to carry the rain away so hopefully that fixed our issue and we can fix that patch of grass. The August heat has really taken its toll on our entire lawn…just about time to aerate and seed anyway!
Here you can see we pretty much had a blank canvas to work with:
Those red, orange, and yellow dashes in the grass are where we had our utilities marked…very important if you plan to dig!
Once the shrubs were gone, I cleaned up any remaining weeds and then turned and leveled the soil.
I also went all along the edge of the beds with this tool:
It’s called a half moon edger and it helped create a nice dip at the start of the garden beds which will helped define the edges more clearly, and will also help hold in the mulch.
And here the beds are all ready for planting!
I told you on Tuesday that I had visited our local nursery to get an idea of what was available for our new landscape. I took a ton of photos so that when I got home, I could look each one up to get an idea of how each will grow, and in what conditions, etc and then I started plugging them into my drawing:
I measured our garden beds and then used graph paper to make a to-scale sketch of them. Each square = one square foot.
I had made a photocopy of the original so I could draw all over this one.
Because this drawing is to scale, I can get an idea of what will fit where when it reaches maturity.
I was also able to create a list to take with me to the nursery so I would know exactly what I needed to buy. That made our shopping trip SO easy.
I enlisted the help of my sister and her husband’s truck and we each brought a kiddo to put to work as well.
Here is our haul at the nursery:
Lots of greenery there! Everything I bought for this house is evergreen to give our landscape structure year-round.
It was my lucky day too because when we showed up, everything was buy two, get one free!! I ended up purchasing 36 plants/shrubs in all so 12 were free!
And here’s a sneaky peek after laying my new plant babies out:
Would you believe my sister and I got about 70% of what we bought in the ground that same day? She was such a HUGE help!
It was a scorcher and we were a dirty mess!
(Who gardens in flip flops anyway??)
But how rewarding to see our new landscape come to life, and it is almost complete!
Just a little more of this to go and we’ll be able to cross another project off the list:
It will be ready to share next Thursday for sure!
Meet me back here for Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday to see what I did with this metal toolbox I picked up at the thrift store:
Have a fantastic weekend! 😀
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