When we moved in the yard was a mess.
|Our Backyard Prior to Moving In (2008)|
|Chris inspecting: "what the *@$# am I supposed to do with this?"|
Over the last three years we've put a lot of effort into getting the yard cleaned up. We have an odd lot, a horseshoe around our neighbor. We have what we call the main yard and then the upper lot with the shed and a general area we use for parking (formerly a "lot" of weeds). This area needed the most care; last year we got the shed painted, did a lot of weeding and planted some perennials. I'm pleased with the way it's coming along.
|Shed When We Moved In (2008)|
|Upper Lot and Owned Area Near Neighbor (2008)|
Basically our neighbor has no yard. We own it all.
|Upper Lot Coming Together (2011)|
In the backyard we have a shady area that the previous owner had filled with sand - apparently held a swing set for his kids. Last year, through Bluestone, I bought a shade garden for it. The garden came with 40-50 different plants ideal for the area.
|Sand and Shady Area of Main Lot Back in 2008|
|Shade Garden Planted in 2010|
|Itty-bitty Shade Plants (2010)|
|There's a Garden There Somewhere (2010)|
This year the perennials came in nice:
|Shade Garden Coming to Life (June 2011)|
|"Yes, there are Actual Plants There!"|
|Transformed from Sandy to Lush (2011)|
All in all, I'm pleased with the yard. The lawn is not as lush as I'd like it; we have had some grub issues. I'm using an organic compound called milky spore to get rid of them but it takes several applications. There are a few brown patches but in time the green should come back. It's certainly better than before.
|Chris and Bandit in 2008|
|Backyard with Shot of Neighbor's House (2011)|
|Lawn Coming Along in 2011|
So now you've seen almost every inch of my yard. It's not perfect but I'm proud of it. It's a lot of work, a labor of love that has come along way.
Now before I leave you, I have to show you the best shot of all...
|The Little Boy Playing with His Ball|