Hey there dear friends! Would you believe we have already started on our next project? We are finally tackling our front landscaping!! Can I get an Amen?? That’s what my neighbors are saying I’m sure!
This house had been a rental for several years before we bought it last August, and the landscaping had become quite overgrown:
The grass was a weedy mess as well.
Those photos were taken just after we closed on it.
This project was actually at the top of our list for the Spring, but my Hubby has been working on his own project that took quite a bit longer than he planned. I really needed his help to clear the existing landscape, so that’s when I decided I would get started on the kitchen instead.
Then while I was finishing up the kitchen, he was able to start removing some of the existing shrubs.
We had actually started with those two knockout rose bushes on either side of the steps last Fall:
It didn’t look much better, but I knew I had my fill of being stabbed by those thorns at our last house, so as pretty as they can be, those were going for sure.
My husband did remove all of the weedy grass and reseed as you can see the baby grass starting to sprout in that photo. It did look like this when he was getting rid of the old:
And by Halloween, it looked pretty darn good:
And that is how our yard has sat for almost a whole year since.
Better late than never, right?
So while my Hubby was taking care of shrub removal, I started drawing up a plan on graph paper. I measured the house and all the existing beds since we planned to keep the layout, and drew a to-scale sketch of what we had to work with:
Each square on the graph paper equals one square foot. This is an excellent way to get an idea of what will fit in your landscape.
Then I made a visit to our local nursery to see what was available and took tons of photos…
I was sure to take photos of close-ups of the tags too. That way when I got home I could look up all the info on each to see if they would be a good fit for our new landscape.
I want less maintentance this time.
At our last home, I wanted more of a garden that I could tend to and enjoy, but that did require quite a bit of upkeep. I want to keep things simpler and more manageable.
You can visit our last front garden tour that I did the Spring before we moved HERE.
When creating that landscape, I also wrote the post: How to Create a Landscape from Scratch that you might like HERE.
I’ll be back on Thursday sharing some of our progress. Next Tuesday I’ll have a brand new Trash-to-Treasure for y’all, and then I’ll be ready to share the final reveal of our new and improved landscape after that! This project is moving way faster than our kitchen, thank goodness!
My babies started school today, so hoping for a super productive day! 🙂
UPDATE: Want to check out our landscaping progress? You can see it HERE now!
UPDATE #2: Skip to the final reveal HERE!!
See y’all Thursday!
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