We bought our house 7 years ago, and it was kind of a fixer upper. It wasn’t horrible, but it was outdated and the yard was a mess. A lot of my earlier blog posts documented my home improvement projects. As much work as it was fixing up the inside of the house, working on the yard has been much harder. After 6 years of slow progress there’s finally a noticeable difference between when we moved in and now, so here are some before and afters (which are really “durings”, because it’s still a work in progress).
In the beginning our front yard looked like this (below). The previous owners told us they liked it “natural”, which was code for “a wreck” and entailed plenty of poison ivy and thorny brambles that were nearly impossible to pull out by hand. We hired a guy with a bulldozer to scrape up the “natural”, and we planted grass. The grass didn’t really grow due to the dense shade, so now we have a sparse moss/weed blend that we keep mowed short to somewhat resemble grass. Whatever, it’s better than poison ivy. I’m still waiting for the rhododendrons I planted along the foundation to fill out. You’re going to fill out, right guys?
A couple years ago my parents helped us rent a tiller and prepare a big garden bed along the street (documented on my Dad’s blog—pardon my suspenders). We added a fence to keep it from becoming the neighborhood dog toilet, and I’m slowly filling it with the tangle of flowers I envisioned. This summer things are finally starting to fill out nicely. My goal is not to be able to see the ground due to all the flowers. Oh, and remember those trees I mentioned we were considering removing? We did it a few weeks ago! I like it so much better without them—no regrets. It’s like our house escaped tree trunk jail.
So… I got distracted by this butterfly and took a million photos of it and forgot to take anymore “afters” of the yard, but surely you got the gist of it. I love butterflies. I’m such a girl like that.