Front and Back Yard Renovation

Can you ‘renovate’ a yard?  I’m not really sure.  I just know that we’re renovating everything else so I figured it was a fitting title. 

Anyways…

So yet again, I wrote this post MONTH’S ago and I thought about not posting it but since we’re faaaar from done I figured what the heck…

In addition to all of the master bath/bedroom updates that we’re working on we’re also tackling the front and back yards.  Years ago we had the foundation repaired and in doing so, we lost all of our front yard landscaping.  I can’t blame all of the disaster that is our yards on the foundation work though… some of it was just sheer lack of want to and/or funds (or both).  We’ve put together a list of the items that have to be completed.  Here it is…

  1. Remove blackberry & other weeds as well as trim & shape groundcover around pecan tree.  (Hubs removed the demon blackberry vine a few weeks back… he’s been shaped since this photo was taken…)
  2. Shape groundcover around the 3 oak trees into a circle (it’s rather amoeba-looking at the moment and there’s a Morning Glory vine that has invaded one
  3. Widen holes in bird houses (we actually had a poor sparrow get wedged in the hole and for a while we thought he wasn’t going to be able to get out)
  4. Re-sod missing patches in front yard (hubs threw down some rye seed for the time being.  We’re hoping it’ll fill in the holes and basically keep the dirt in place until the St. Augustine can grow back.  Update: we’ve been invaded by some sort of weed.  The lawn guys from TruGreen had to come out and told us that we need to start bagging our lawn clippings AND we need to have the trees trimmed because the lack of light is causing our St. Augustine to grow black spot mold.  Yippee.)
  5. Add ornamental grass to back yard (we bought this super nifty ornamental grass this weekend.  It’s PURPLE!  I love it.  Also – we pulled those weeds.)
  6. Replace dead Japanese Youpon Holly (This hedge has been here forever and for some reason, we lost the back quarter of it during last year’s drought.  So, we bought a new one this weekend.  He’s just a sprout now but he’ll grow)
  7. Figure out what to do with the 4’ x 4’ patch that used to have our vegetable garden. (For the time being, we ripped everything out, put down a layer of weed block, then covered it with mulch.  We’ll plant perennials in the spring.  Hopefully.)
  8. Plant perennial color in the two large beds at the front of the back yard.
  9. Put paver stones down on master bedroom side of house.
  10. Pull up pavers on garage side of house – re-level and add weed block and reset pavers
  11. Repeat # 10 with the patch of pavers where the grill sits
  12. Reorganize garage side of house (it currently stores trashcans, terra cotta pots, tomato cages, and various other garden necessities)
  13. Remove and replace raised-bed bricks & walkway in front of house (this is a major undertaking that will require a jackhammer, a large industrial-sized trash bin, possibly a back hoe, and some large sweaty men… volunteers welcome)
  14. Bring in new dirt & plants for front yard beds
  15. Repair/replace pergola in backyard

Our plan is to tackle this little by little as we find time (ha ha) and money (bigger ha ha).  There’s no rush on any of this (either the house or the yard) but our goal right now is to have it all done by October 2013.  We’d like to be able to celebrate the holidays with friends and family at our house for Thanksgiving and Christmas next year (and not have the house a disaster when that happens).  So for now, that’s our goal.  I have no idea if we’ll reach it as we’re just getting started but I’ve got my fingers (and toes, and eyes) crossed.

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  1. Pingback: Master Bedroom Update – The Plan « changingmymarbles

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