Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Proof I Haven't Totally Given Up On Working Outside Until September


The other day while at a neighborhood activity, I made the comment to someone that I was impressed with her dedication to her yard (since she goes out every day to work on it) and that I had basically given up on the idea of doing any work outside until September due to the heat.

Of course, I happened to be part of a community garden with this particular friend years and years ago, so she knows all too well that I am, indeed, capable of ignoring weeds and yard work for an embarrassingly long time (so she probably took me at my word).

But, much to my own surprise, I actually HAVE been doing some stuff outside lately, even though it's about the last thing I want to do. (Let's be honest---a lot of it is largely because my mom offered to come up and help me, which is always the kick in the pants I need to actually get stuff done around here. Some things never change.)

Just a little reminder (or maybe you're new around these parts), but the exterior of the home we just moved to in June looked like this:



I maybe would have considered keeping the red longer than we did (just because I didn't want to put in all that extra work so soon), but the front door's paint had bubbled so badly that we decided to just give all the exterior trim a little facelift while we were at it.

In addition to painting the door and shutters, we also drastically pruned back the shrubs (mostly just so that we could actually GET to the door and shutters), and we installed a couple new sprinklers so that we would have sprinklers on both sides of the lawn (and would therefore not have any major dry spots, like before).

We still have a ton of work to do, but if I waited to post until everything was done, I probably would post...um, never, so here you go.

This is the mid-process point (please note how overgrown the shrubs by the right-most shutters were):


And a picture of it currently:

Some other things that will happen fairly soon are that I plan to replant that container right by the front door (since all our flowers up and died when we moved), and I do plan to make Matt move those boxes of rocks and dirt left over from the sprinkler project to the garbage, where they belong.

(Of course, he'll use the excuse that he can't move them to the garbage because it looks like this, but #wheretheresawilltheresaway, right?):


When my mom was here yesterday, we did a thorough walk-through of the whole yard, and since my mom and stepdad have a yard I've long since admired, I think we'll be putting many of her ideas into action within a year or two.

One thing I really want to change is that there are hardly any flowers in the yard. You could tell that the yard was designed to be super easy on the upkeep end, which means lots of shrubs and bushes and small trees, but hardly any flowers to speak of at all (other than the tulips planted in the front beds).

I've been dreaming of having scads of flower beds for about as long as I can remember, so we plan to reconfigure the two beds out in the very front by cutting the grasses and bushes WAY back, extending out the perimeters of the bed itself (which is currently outlined by rocks), and planting lots of perennials in there.


I'll also probably be planting more flowers in the beds closest to the front door (besides just the tulips) and investing in a few more large containers to put around that area, too.

As everyone and their cat seems to have said to us since we bought our home, "There's going to be no shortage of projects now, eh?!"

#indeed

The verdict is still out of whether or not we keep the wood chips out in the very front (by the two big trees), or whether we plant grass there. Wood chips, in theory, would be less maintenance, but they do require that you spray for weeks every month or two (just because of all the weeds), so I'm not sure if it wouldn't be worth it to just add it to our mowing every week rather than add the spraying to monthly chores. Thoughts?

10 comments:

  1. I'm excited to see all of your home posts! I love the blue you added! I have a strong aversion to the color red (weird, I know).

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  2. It makes such a difference changing the landscape & taking out bushes or cutting them down.
    I love the blue on the house - so welcoming

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  3. Oh awesome! I love seeing before and after type posts! You've been busy!! Glad your mom was able to give you some motivation!! It looks really really good! I'm not a homeowner... so it's hard to weigh in... for me I need lots of green. SO I'd go grass even though it is more work. XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  4. What a transformation! I love it! The before and after pictures are fantastic - I bet it's like coming home to a new house!

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  5. I love the blue that you painted on your shutters and door! They make the home really stand out. My husband and I are in the process of buying our first home and I'm actually looking forward to planting a garden while he landscapes. Looking forward to seeing your progress!

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  6. I've never had to take of landscape - that's a huge challenge!! But we do have mulch in our backyard and while I like it, weeds do pop through. So I'm not sure I would pick it over grass...

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  7. Such a pretty blue--exterior projects are a ton of work, but they're always so rewarding!

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  8. Yay, so glad you pulled some of the weeds! The blue doors and shutters are adorable! Love how cute your house is!

    Katie | www.katieskronicles.org

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  9. honestly, i feel like the wood chips in the parking strip are kinda weird and random. i vote put grass in! also - love the blue. i mean, i love the color red, but that blue looks great on the house. i'm just now contemplating how i need to get outside early tomorrow to do some weeding cuz i've been putting it off cuz it's so dang hot!!!!!!!!!!!! so no judgement here!

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  10. Cute! Here in Colorado summer is the time to do all the outside projects!!

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