Landscaping Projects

What an overwhelming feeling it is to step back and see how much we have to work on. The nice thing is that we are going to do things without a lot of expense. So much potential! This summer we will focus on the front yard. Pretty much anything we do in the backyard this year may just turn into a toy for Bones. By next summer he will be much better at not exploring everything by attempting to chew it up!

One of the first projects will be to work on the mailbox. Right now there is a border around it (as you can see) that is coming up. It is filled with rock. The border is in good shape so we’ll just pull it up and put it back properly, clean out the rocks, and throw a little soil in. I have started some Heavenly Blue Morning Glories that will look nice climbing up the trellis and mailbox post. I may also plant some tulips or another perennial as well to add a bit more color. This may not be the best place for a perennial simply because it is very close to the road so gets a lot of salt and stuff that is put down on the road during the winter. I’m still thinking that part through.

The next project will be the “Victory Garden” Perry started for me last fall. This is just a small triangular shaped area along the edge of the driveway and road that he planted tulip bulbs I purchased from the Susan G. Komen foundation. Yep – pink Breast Cancer tulips! So far I can see a few of them coming up. I also found some purple tulips (sitting in the tray in the photo) that I will be adding. I wanted to see where the bulbs are that Perry already planted. A border of some type will be added. I’m thinking of a small stone border like the stone crescent edgers on sale at Menards this week. Nothing too fancy and easy to mow and rake around (that would be Perry’s request more than mine). I can’t wait to see what comes up this year!

This photo shows the area to the left of the front door. Right now it is rock filled with no border. The rocks will be removed and used in the backyard (as soon as David starts doing it). I’m hoping to have my herb garden here. I’ve started a variety of herbs to see what works and what doesn’t. This is the year for trial and error. Perry wants to remove the two stumps you can see but I’m thinking they can stay and be used for something.

The photo to the right shows the front of the house that is to the right of the front door. Its looking rather junkie right now. Again, it is filled with rock which we will remove and relocate to the backyard. You can see the various Basset themed statues. And a bunny thrown in for some fun! I have 3 day lilies already planted there. Got them for a steal late in the season last year and I was pleased to see they survived the winter and are coming up. I know they tend to spread over time and that will be okay. They are closer to the house so there will be some room for the other flowers I am hoping to plant. IF it goes as planned in front of the lilies I will plant a row of Four O’Clocks (which are suppose to grow to 24″ to 30″) and in front of that a row of Poppies (with an expected height of 12″ to 24″). We’ll see how it works!

We have no sidewalk from the driveway to the front door. I suspect that may have something to do with the fact the well is directly under the front step. We decided to grab some of the larger garden blocks that were in the backyard to use as “stepping stones.” Obviously you can see they are not quite put in the right way. We’ll get them dug down and spaced a little better. One is cracked so it will need to be replaced and we will need one more for sure. The good thing is that the design is a standard one and readily available at Menards. Although they are not that expensive it is just nice to be able to utilize what we already have and avoid extra expense.

The rest of the front yard isn’t too bad. Except for the darned leaves! You can see that behind Perry on the property line between us and the neighbor there are some trees. Those are lilacs! I have always wanted lilacs and now we have a whole line of them between us and the neighbor that runs to the back of the property! As Perry was raking along the fence line he noticed something coming up. The little green sprouts look to be deliberately planted and not grass. Time will tell what they could be. I just don’t recall anything growing there! Of course, Perry tends to mow down anything that gets in his way so chances are I just never had a chance to see it.

This is the area of the backyard where the rock will be relocated to. There use to be a cement pad here that was removed with the idea of putting in a deck. We will use landscape timbers to frame the dirt area off and fill it with the rock from the front yard. Because this is a low area water tends to pool when it rains and during the snow melt. It is also the area the dogs come in and out of the house. Putting in grass just might be a no-win situation. We’ll put the rock in and down the road we can still put in a deck. For now it will at the very least clean up the area and (hopefully) limit the amount of mud that the dogs drag in. I can’t wait to get this area cleaned up. This is where the puppy likes to drag his very special prizes he has found….as in the solar lights that use to be in the backyard, the half burned logs from the fire pit…

This area is looking out the patio door. Right now its filled with rock but we’ll probably move the rock with the rest. I’m thinking of either a really neat flower garden or even a sand box for the grandbabies! Still contemplating that.

So, this is the beginning of what looks to be a very fulfilling summer of projects! As time goes on I will be showing you the progress!

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