Backyard Spruce-Up

I had big plans this spring to get our backyard landscape looking better. But, God had other plans. We got hit with tons and tons (or what felt like tons and tons) of rain in the months of May and June. If you follow along with stories on Instagram, you might remember that I started the project way back when, before all the rain, and then much of what we had done had to be re-done because of all the rain. Ugh! Anywho! It’s finished (well 99% finished)!
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From Mudhole to Rocky Masterpiece

While I was away in New York, hubby got to work on one of his top outdoor projects.  Along one side of our house we have a mud pit.  There are several trees along the fence line and over the years, less and less grass – and all the rain drains that direction.  So, when it’s wet that side is virtually useless, which is too bad because that is the side with the air conditioner, and the door to the garage.  So, hubby did this:

Here it is before he started to work.  

Ya, it’s also where we store all of our junk…

We have toyed with the idea of filling in the area with some kind of gravel and maybe some stepping stones.  So, step one was clearing out and somewhat leveling the area.
Then hubby outlined the area with some landscape edging, to hold in the rocks.  We chose this edging for the ease of installation, and because it was one of the most pliable.  Just laying down along your area and driving some stakes in the edge.  
We wanted to make sure the rocks wouldn’t creep under the fence or into the yard.  Hubby also decided to take care of a problem area on the other side of that gate – and a new place for the trash cans.
Then came the rocks – a whole truckload.

There’s that ornery puppy that I mentioned yesterday…and a cute little helper spreading rocks. 🙂

Here’s the before and after again of the two spots.  

I am still thinking of placing some stepping stones amongst the pebbles to make a path.  Walking on these barefoot is not super comfortable.  But, I love the result – no mud, and now the trash cans are tucked away rather than being up front by the driveway.  Great job Honey!!

Linking up with Traci at Beneath My Heart here 
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Outdoor Update

As I was walking around watering flowers and trees this morning, I realized that I had never updated you on my “landscaping” progress.

I showed you the before pics here so today I’ll show you some pretty after pics, and some of where we are now. 

I’m trying my hand at plants in pots again this year – I have never had much success with that cuz I am lazy – that’s all.  

Here is the front flower bed today.  We were blessed with a lot of rain while I was on my trip to New York.

The other thing that happened while I was in New York was not so happy.  I was joyfully anticipating the pots on my back porch to be overflowing with beautiful color, just like the one in the front but instead I found this.

Yes, all four planters looked just like this…the culprit…our puppy…

he decided they looked like a good snack.  Ugh!!  I guess I will try again next year!!

Oh well, moving on.  I also transplanted a climbing rose bush which completely overtook a flower bed that is in front of our master bedroom window.  This is what it looked like in full glory before I moved it – see a little unruly, and crowding out the other regular rose bushes in that bed (please ignore all the grass growing in there).

Here it is after I chopped pruned it down to size and moved it to a sad little flower bed on the side of our house around the corner from the front of our house.  You can see this one from the street and gets good morning sun.  I also planted some daylillys in this bed.  I have wanted some of these for a long time.  
Next, if you follow me on instagram, you know we scored some really good sized burch trees @$50 each!!  Here’s a little fun collage of them going in.  {my hard-working man decided to strike a pose, while I sipped on my sweet tea in the shade ;)}
And the after.
and my hard-workin man after 😉 – oh and our puppy

My hubby was awesome and knocked out another yard project that was pretty high on his list while I was in New York.  I’m saving that for another post though since this one is already pretty long :).  Tune in tomorrow for that one – it involves, mud and rocks.

Blessings!!

Linking up today with Kim at Sand and Sisal for her Fun in The Sun Linky Party
and with Kathy here
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