Easy stuff first.
We hung some ferns. That was easy huh?
On the back support deck beams we decided to hang some ferns. Mostly because I got them for $3 each at a Lowe’s clearance sale…and partially because we need to get something classy back there with our blue lawn chairs, multicolored baby swing and random balls. Yup. With the plastic containers and the tag still attached, now it’s totally classy 🙂
The black metal support brackets were $5 at Walmart by the way. So this was a sixteen dollar update.
Next update…the wall.
Actually we call it the dropoff. I was terrified of this thing. Literally I would have nightmares of Will walking right over the edge and dropping to a broken neck. And this momma needs her sleep. otherwise I am ready to kill everyone. either way, in my mind someone was gonna get hurt…and I didn’t want that to happen.
Check out this drop…scary, huh?
I think Will knows the word DANGER now because I said it a bazillion times whenever he got sixteen yards near this thing…and I would bumrush him and tackle him to the ground. I’m not kidding.
So I talked Jeremy into getting an easy-to-install decorative fence. It’s not baby-proof by any means…but a visual barrier goes a long way when it comes to toddlers. And in the long run we plan on getting bunches of plants to go on both sides…to create even more of a wall.
It wasn’t cheap. Each panel was on sale for $25 and the posts were $8. Of course, we didn’t buy enough the first time around so we ended up paying the regular price of $30 per panel after the first five. That added up fast.
On the plus side, it was super easy to install…and it really didn’t take much – just a sledgehammer to knock the little bracket thingies into the ground before lining up the holes on the panels to slide the post through.
The fence really helps with peace of mind. No more bumrushing…unless I wanna.
All in all, it wasn’t the best looking option…and we installed it in a hurry so we probably will be redoing this in the future…but to be honest, having something up NOW is more important to us than how it looks.
And the good news is – Will stays away. I’m sure he’ll challenge the durability of the installation at some point but thank goodness he doesn’t find the fence even remotely interesting. WHEW!
Oh and for those detail folks….we installed it about three feet away from the wall. I figure those future plants will fill up that space and put a little color up there…when we save enough for plants. Which leads me to my next point…why are plants so expensive?!
More updates – let’s move to the front, shall we?
The front of the house when we moved in….note the weird dying stick in the front yard.
We believe it was a japanese maple…but we could be wrong. And the grass had crept into the circle making it, well, less like a garden bed and more like bad gardening.
Soooo way back in March, Jeremy dug it all out. He had a little help.
Cole actually used the shovel as more of a slider…as he didn’t actually pierce the ground but instead slid the shovel on top. It was totally endearing when he looked up and told me that “this was man’s work” and then asked me to bring him a drink 🙂
As of April, the circle looked a little more defined…but obviously there were other yard fish to fry…like the lack of landscaping next to the house.
So the bed looked like this for a long time.
Will found it to be a wonderful playspot…and in the words of Ana, this pile of dirt was a great babysitter.
I’m pretty sure he also told me that what he was doing was man’s work and I needed to bring him a drink 🙂
Then came the sticker shock of plants. You know how I was griping about the cost of plants? Yes – it is directly because of this middle circle. I couldn’t get over it. $30 per plant?! In the words of Avril Lavigne “WHAT THE…”
Long story short – after our expensive fence purchase we had little to spend on plants. Safety first! So we improvised. We discovered some fully grown plants tucked off to the side of our property….ones that were big bushy and beautiful…but not getting much attention.
So Jeremy headed out there to peel back the landscape fabric and dig them out of the cement. Literally. We have discovered it doesn’t rain here. like ever. and our ground is likened only to concrete.
Fifteen hours and five bushes later, we had the start to the center island. I found some clearance plants at Walmart (marked down 50% off!) and we put those three in there too. I highly recommend Walmart for cheap plants…they aren’t advertised…just sometimes you will see a yellow sticker on the pot marking them down.
Oh and did I mention the weeds started coming back? Yeah. Not cool. Especially after I did all that work…you know with the drink fetching. A little landscape fabric and pine straw later….
We have this:
Eventually we want to get a couple big rocks to put out there…but for now it totally works. And looks a lot better than a dead stick. Well maybe not to some people…but to us, we prefer the shrubbery. And that my friends is the outside updates. Have ya’ll been doing anything outside lately?