This past weekend Hunter and I spent all day Saturday (seriously, 10am-5pm) working on the yard. A few weeks ago we dug up the bushes in the front bed, because the water company left a note on our front door.. So we had planned on using Saturday to plant that bed, prepare the lawn, and plant lots of other flowers for spring.
Here’s a before of the front yard for perspective. Front bed = empty. Plus we have a fire hydrant and water meter in it… great, right?
Okay, so this is what we accomplished in those 7 hours:
- Aerated the front and back lawn
- Raked the lawn and beds. Bye bye leaves!
- Mowed / edged the lawn
- Transplanted a tea olive plant to the side yard
- Transplanted a camilla bush
- Dug up the last big, ugly bush in the backyard bed
- Returned aerater to True Value
- Trip to Abide a While for consultation & plants
- Planted 3 pineapple guava plants
- Planted 2 sunshine ligustrums
- Trip to Lowe’s for more yard supplies
- Planted 4 lantana in the backyard
- Filled 2 new pots with creeping jenny, bacopa, and orange flowers
- Moved the old planters away from the fire pit. Put the new pots in their place.
- Pruned plants and bushes in the back yard. Lots of weeding in the beds.
- Planted creeping jenny and pink petunias in the 2 hanging baskets
- Transplanted 3 mexican heather plants. Dug up 1 dead mexican heather plant.
- Planted 2 more mexican heather in front
- Planted 6 osteospermum in our window box
- Put out grass seed and fertilizer in the front and side yard.
- Watered the back and side yard
- Turned sprinkler on to water the front lawn and beds while enjoying a beer on the front porch!It was an exhausting day, but you can already see the results from all of our hard work! After a big dinner, we were both passed out pretty early that night.
Next up on the yard list:
- New patio furniture in the back
- Water the lawn and hope that the seed does it’s thing
- Finish planting the front bed – encore azaleas or saucy wine salvia were the suggestions from Abide a While
- Plant another azalea on the side yard
- Add some pavers around the driveway / sideway
Hopefully the next time I talk plants, all of these are still alive and kicking and the yard looks fab!