So if you remember from the last post this is what our house looked like when we bought it. We did some work trimming bushes but realized that the bushes were in too bad of a shape and way too many of them to attempt to save them.
So the next step was to pull them out! We did this the old-fashioned, redneck way. A Ford truck and a chain!
We did it in 2 stages. Our neighbor helped us pull a few out in the front and then my husband borrowed a truck and we did all the rest on another Saturday. After a full day of work and a massive pile of bushes this is what we were left with…
Then we rented a tiller and spent another Saturday clearing out roots, tilling the ground up and then even more time/days digging out monkey grass, and re-edging beds. I type all that out in a sentence but seriously it represented several Saturdays and bits and pieces of time when baby was napping spent doing lots of work in June and July… it was so hot! But it was a great postpartum workout!
Finally we were ready to start putting something back in. The landscaping will have to be done in several stages. For one reason it was late in the summer and we have had a horrible drought here in the south. And another after buying and having a dump truck load of mulch delivered and buying a car load of plants, our landscaping budget was spent for this summer. So come Spring, we will add more bushes and plants and everything that we planted this summer will have grown more to fill up the room – so I’ll do an updated post then.
But for now I am loving the fresh/clean look! This garden area in front of the house/garage went from this…
And here’s a shot of the side of the house – I had several plants die and need to add more so there will be more added to this area in the spring.
But for just living here 2-3 months (and having a baby during that time too) going from this
to this has been a much welcomed change! Seriously so much better!
I did some yard sale and Craigslist browsing to add some new things to our front porch that you might see above – more on those later this week!