My brother is a professional gardener. And one of his tips is, if you can’t maintain everything in your yard, it’s best to go back to lawn.
Ok Les, I hear you loud and clear. For awhile now!
I’ve been falling behind in the yard the past several years and just can’t afford to spend the time needed to maintain what I had, time nor health wise. So back to basics we go!
And Les’ theory is actually very easy to do. Imagine before you had all those flower beds…
So part of Walter’s pruning session was to remove some overgrown existing flowerbeds and go back to lawn instead.
Once all the garden junk was
finally located and piled up, (yep, some beds were just that bad) the pruning began.
Remove everything here except for the two skinny trees in the back.
Turn everything back to lawn.
This little corner was destined to get hit first. That bushy tree on the right was my nemesis! It needed pruning every few weeks and this was the result of giving up for just a few months. I was over it! It had to go.
Please know, I’m sincerely a tree and nature lover, however if you have stuff that you can’t manage, there isn’t any point in keeping it around.
A few other overgrown trees got removed too. They became imbedded with each other and it was just one big bushy mess.
Two skinny tall trees and the honeysuckle on the fence were left for a little somethin’, but the rest got completely cleared out.
The soil then got planted with grass seed which I’ll be babysitting over the next while until the seed sprouts.
This visually dramatically increased the space in my yard! And just offered me a place of ‘rest’ until I decide if something else should eventually go here or not.
I’ve always visualized a shed built here. My yard is super limited where you can put stuff due to the septic, so it’s certainly a consideration.
However as is, I can certainly visualize a rustic picnic table on an angle at the very least. Functional and fun to look at.
What do you see?
Next spring Walter also suggested a clever way to revamp the lawn. You kill existing weeds in the lawn first, then add soil on top, then seed it. Instant new lawn! We’ve just had a drought type summer, so it’s pretty sad right now. However I love his idea…
When septic tank issues became urgent, I had to start digging myself before Walter could come, so it sat like this for quite awhile. Yuk!
Scoop this area free of most soil. No more garden!
Re-seed it until a different plan comes up.
Yesterday Walter and I mulled over what to do with this area. It would be much more ideal if the septic areas could be more easily accessed.
We visualized a small wood deck built with access doors to the septic lines, placing a small hot tub where the hydrangea is and a pergola across the top with a clear waterproof roof. I need the area in front of the windows clear of shade and stuff because that’s my photo studio.
All the sidewalks and driveway are a cracked mess and really do need replacing. If I went there, I can visualize french doors replacing the sliders, then a gently curving exposed cement walkway that connects the deck to the rest of the other areas.
And more. I’d like to enlarge the garage workshop with an addition to the back of the house with LOTS of windows that would connect all this together.
Guess I’d better stop spending on travel one day, huh? (doubt it…)
HERE’S where we left off last.
Remove all the junk wood.
Smooth out the soil and re-seed with grass.
All in all, he did 3 HUGE loads when the total yard was complete. Egads.
The fence will be covered with reclaimed fence planks. Can’t wait to hang stuff on it!
The shed will get a new look.
Once again, lawn seed was spread out that gave this space a much more inviting presence!
It would have been ideal to get my fence up side before planting seed, however we were due for rain (which can go on for DAYS) so it was important to get the seed in now.
I can just throw some planks over top before it sprouts if I get to the fence before then.
Behind the shed was YEARS of compost that I was no longer taking from. It just became infused with overgrown plants and weeds that decided to live instead of die like instructed. Basically put, a jungle of a mess.
I had been staring at that compost thinking if I ever moved, it would have to be gutted.
“Oh Walter… if you have time…”
So we (he) threw it in.
Completely GUT the compost and reseed it. For now.
If I need to compost, I’ll use the city’s green can system. I’ve been having to pay for something I wasn’t using, so I certainly will now! But honestly, with less flower beds, I may not have very much anyway.
Here’s an older photo of the shed and yard.
Walter had a pretty creative idea for this area. It’s the only shade tree (which is MUCH bigger now) I have in the yard which can really get brutally hot. If the wood shed wasn’t there, it would provide a pretty sweet sitting shaded sitting area…
I can’t plant shade trees in the yard due to the septic field, so it’s worth mulling over.
But don’t you worry! I’d rebuild some rustic interest elsewhere, depending what else went up. The shed is starting to rot and fail, so it’s only a matter of time…
I’ll list a few things in my Facebook bidding group and hopefully someone else will enjoy it.
Just with cleaning up a home indoors, all the same rules apply outdoors as well. Ya gotta clean up before you can dream about what is possible.
I’ve been watching a little
too much Flip or Flop on HGTV lately, and boy, they gut these junky places to the bones then build up from there in order to flip them.
It’s so tempting to start from nothing! So welcome to my mini nothing. I do plan to draw out a dream backyard scenario, then mull over how far to take it. Some of it would depend on whether I stayed or not, however anything I’d add would only serve to increase the value of the place anyway I’m sure.
Yesterday on Flip or Flop, they gutted this yard, and added EVERY dream element you could imagine. Fire pit. Pool. Hot tub. Curvy walkways. Eating area. It looked like a high end resort!
I’m not going in quite that direction (I wish…), however I do have some changes that could really change the way I do and enjoy life and work here. Once I have my dream yard drawn up, I’ll share that with you.
I sure wasn’t kidding about this being a clean up season for me! I don’t recognize the place.
But just wait until you hear the story about what I got rid of next… connecting all the dots, it could make all the difference in the world.
Care to share any dreamy yard ideas that you came up with? I’d love to hear!