Whoa girl that mulch is edgy. I hear that all the time these days 🙂
Okay….let’s hashtag this sucker. #BORING
This is one of those INCREDIBLY dry and ho-hum landscaping posts that only interests my grandparents. Hi Pappap! So forgive me if your brain just explodes from boredom. On the flip side…landscaping is one of those things that might not be easy or quick or interesting but it sure does help the look of your exterior. I mean…you can paint all you want but if you have no plants or grass…and just a big open dirt pit of weeds…and you like it….I’m probably gonna consider you a weirdo. #differentfolksdifferentstrokesbutyouareaweirdo
Back in the beginning of 2011, we moved in. This is one of the first pictures of our house. It had overgrown rose bushes…random shrubs…and some missing plants.
There was no real designated garden beds and the plants were REALLY close to the house. But I forged on knowing that sometimes a little pruning can be a problem solver.
Then later that year, we added more plants and created beds for the plants and threw down some pine straw.
But as luck would have it…those bushes under the garage windows never really filled out. First of all…they are full-sun shrubs…and were in the only spot in our whole yard that gets partial sun. And like I said…they were planted 8 inches from our brick wall. So I ripped them out (we tried to transfer them to a sunny area but they was just too much root loss) and we transferred two of the rose bushes to a more sunny area.
Right before the house was painted, I put in some more gardenias and some indian hawthorns.
Our real issue was that the garden bed never really could retain it’s shape and the straw was a pain and a half to replace. I had experimented with some leftover bricks (see the little bed on the right?) to test if a little garden border would make much difference and surprisingly in our yard, it did seem to help both with ‘bed retention’ and because it was mulched instead of strawed, it was easy to touch up over the seasons. Jeremy requested that the border be more tight fitting than the bricks so that less weeds would get through (we do all the yard work ourselves so edging, weeding, and mowing each week needs to happen in the most efficient way possible).
My request was to use mulch just simply because that is what we used in our last house and I can actually do it myself. The straw was just really hard to work with because 1. it was harder to make look nice because fluffing it usually looked terrible and 2. four bales (that’s the amount I could fit in the back of my car) didn’t actually cover that much.
So I was a woman with a mission….find mulch and an edger. In the end, here’s what we chose:
And here is what the bed looks like now:
So after I found the right edger, I snapped a photo of Lowe’s promotional poster (20% off all in stock edgers) and we stocked up on the mulch at Lowe’s since it was on sale. Then I went over to Home Depot where the folks in the orange honored the Lowe’s promotion and gave me 20% off the 138 concrete Edgestone edgers in buff. I bought all they had.
Then I went to a different Home Depot where we bought another 177 of the edgers. Also 20% off. But for this front section, we ended up saving $80 just for taking a photo and asking for a discount. That’s success in my book.
Now remember that I said I moved the roses to a more sunny area? Well, smack dab in the middle of our circle drive is a bed that we worked on last year.
It had five boxwoods that we moved from another part of our yard and a couple Nandina’s that were a buck at Walmart.
Well, I moved two of the boxwoods and then split the Nandina’s (three are now seven!!!) and put in two of the roses. I have a spot on the right hand side for one more…but transferring these suckers are beastly #roseshavesharpweaponry
Overall, the edger makes a huge difference. I think it’s like the ultimate contrast and looks really close to the color of our house.
Oh and yes…the plants did survive the summer which is the ultimate first test. I hope that now that they have a little insulation that they are really able to set their roots and thrive.
Jeremy wants to remove the tree. I argue that technically speaking, it’s in the right location to bring attention to the front steps…and it’s a nice bit of shade in our overwhelmingly-sunny yard. He thinks it’s getting way too big and is covering up some of the house (which it is but I don’t think that’s bad). Plus, that little round window up there is not centered on the peak of the house….if I had to drive up everyday and see an off-centered window, it would drive me batty.
So maybe we could trim the tree up a lot more? We’ve trimmed up the bottom a lot but maybe it needs a really heavy pruning? Is it time to bring in an arborist? I’m leaning toward yes.
Now for the good ole before and after….
I think our roses didn’t do as well this year with all the rain and little sun. All the other plants are looking decent….bigger than before, huh!? I didn’t know if they would all make it (enter Amy Winehouse bush scandal aka Katie-should-read-celebrity-news-before-making-offensive-jokes)…but thankfully, they all did after lots of tender care.
Speaking of tender loving….I am so into this plant its kinda inappropriate. I love the color and the fact that it’s constantly a surprise on what it looks like. It’s like Lady Gaga in that respect….never know what you are gonna get 🙂
Okay…so boredom complete. Post over. #thatwasalotmoremanuallaborthanitseems