This year, Kyle and I decided to tackle our front yard. I have to admit, it felt a little bit like the show yard crashers on HGTV. The yard had some major issues- hostas growing everywhere, evergreen trees in the wrong places, weed filled garden beds, and dead rose bushes. We decided that we needed to start over. For four straight weekends, with the help of his dad, step-mom, and my mom, we fixed the front yard.
Our house before the makeover. Notice the evergreen trees and dead rose bush.
I thought for a long time whether or not to cut down the evergreens in front of our house. I don’t advocate cutting down trees for no reason. However, aside from creating a blocked view of the house, the trees also were interfering with our plumbing. The roots had begun to grow into our pipes and caused backup issues. In the end, both Kyle and I decided that the trees had to go.
Kyle cutting down the trees with a chainsaw.
Kyle’s dad digging up the roots of the trees, like a pro.
After digging up the evergreens, we had to begin to dig up all the random growth in beds. There were hostas and day lilys everywhere. Grass growing within the beds and weeds galore. It was a lot of work to say the least. Instead of throwing away all the hostas, I decided to individually pack them and give them away. I gave away over 250 hostas to neighbors, church friends, and strangers. They spread a lot of happiness to say the least!
After digging up tons of hostas.
After the hostas were cleared, Kyle’s dad went to work on re-digging and shaping our new front yard garden bed. With his landscaping expertise, we were able to remove grass and create a great looking space. Instead of throwing all the extra dirt away, we used it to fill holes in our yard. Always think about ways to reuse what you have, instead of throwing it away!
Grass removal and re-shapping of the bed.
Rototilling in 20 bags of mushrooms compost and peat.
The final step was to add the bushes and the flowers. I had to consider the existing landscaping that I wanted to work around- a Magnolia bush, Peonies, and a Liliac bush. I used a local nursery to help me determine what to add. In the end, I bought two Boxwoods and a Karen Azalea. All the flowers in the bed were grown by my mom from seed. The front bed has Poppies, Daisies, Forget-me-nots, Snap Draggons, Marigolds, Bachelor Buttons, Petunias and Sedum. I’m so impressed with the final result and so grateful for everyone’s help!
New bushes in place.
New garden bed planted.
After all the 2014 renovations. Can’t believe how much better it looks!