Monday, June 25, 2012

Yard Progress

Yard work. Gardening. Both things that I love and can despise at the same time. Luckily, my hubby does 95% of the yard work on his own - mowing, sucking up/blowing junk and leaves, and general lawn care. We of course tackle the large projects together. I like gardening - however, this year has been a bit trickier being pregnant. Gardening isn't so friendly on my back, and it's not so much fun to be bent over. Again, I'm lucky to have my hubby, he's been a great help this year in the garden planting, weeding and watering.

We had quite a number of repair projects in the backyard to take care of this year. Remember last summer when we had 10 puppies running around? They weren't so easy on the lawn or the garden. We took the basketball hoop down in 2011, and replanted before the pups - the new grass didn't survive the pups. We replanted this year along with several other pee spots from Remi. Then we've been working on the part of garden near the fence that you can't see in the first two photos - the left side where the concrete runs off the photo. There were evergreen bushes there that were torn out, roots removed, weeds destroyed and now this year planted with lilies and petunias. Always something. Here's the progress...

2009

I believe the above photo was taken right before we purchased the house. Check out the overgrown Monkey Grass and Snow on the Mountain in the middle. Both a HUGE pain to remove. We must have done a heck of a job because neither attempted to come back.

2011

Not sure if we have a photo like this from 2010, but we'll skip forward to last summer. This was after the snow on the mountain had been removed, mulch laid, and stepping stones put in the middle. Must cleaner. This was also shortly after a fresh paint job on the fence.

There isn't as big of a change from 2011 to 2012 as there was from 2009 to 2011, but enough things to make us happy.

2012

And this summer. So far back here we've moved some plants around, added some hostas to the middle part, and here you can see the mulched and planted area I referenced previously. This was shortly after a freshly stained deck. The circle where we had to replant some grass from where the basketball hoop came in nicely this year - hopefully it's the second and final time that we have to plant this!

Next on the project list...we're looking at taking out the chain link fencing (bottom right of these photos) and finishing off the fencing with the same style wood that surrounds the rest of the back yard. Seems like a no brainer, but we'll have to dig some holes for cement posts so we can add a few sections of wood fencing.

Just a quick update, more or less for my own records I can look back and see the progress we've made! Refreshing!

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