My House: Adding Life to the Yard

Hope you all had a great long weekend! We were busy around here, but the good kind of busy cause we got so much accomplished around the yard. Actually most of the credit goes to my husband and the other little worker bees. Thanks Steven, Heather and Len (and my mom for baby duty!). Landscaping is hard and definitely not my forte. I sorta feel like Mike should be the one writing this post because this project is all him and he's done such an amazing job. His planning definitely made this project flow smoothly and quickly. He actually did up the plans last summer but, with a baby on the way etc, etc, we just never got around to it.

Living in a newer neighbourhood things tend to look a little stark. The previous owners did some "landscaping" including grass (good!) and a sad little strip of dirt which was great for growing weeds (bad!).

Here's the before (with the plan sort of in action). Definitely in need of some life, isn't it?
Backyard01

And here's a look at where we're at after a long weekend of work....
Backyard02

We wanted simple and low maintenance, we'll be adding some limestone to cover the soil which hopefully means little to no weeding (just how I like it).

I think it's going to look even better once things start to grow and fill in. Those grasses will grow really large and full and the trees nice and tall to block the wonderful view of all our neighbours. Things are also still greening up around Edmonton, so excuse the sad grass. We also tackled the front yard, but I didn't get a photo and well, it's raining. I'll show it all once everything is finished!

I love accomplishing something so huge off the to-do list and can't wait to enjoy the yard this summer, now grow yard grow! Should be another busy one next weekend finishing up, but it'll be so worth it. Already it's so nice to look out back and see some greenery.

Hope you got up to some fun this long weekend too!

Christine

14 comments:

  1. That looks so great Christine! Wonderful work.....xo

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  2. Great job!

    We're talking about doing a similarly loose border in our yard because right now it's just too much random bad grass.

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  3. I have landscape fever. :) Yours looks so great already! Isn't it a good feeling? Looking forward to your "after" pics for more ideas. :)

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    1. It's such a good feeling, Gail. I'm hoping some after pics can come sooooon and that things get growing around here.

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  4. Oh my goodness looking great Christine. Our yard definitely needed some "life" too. Really makes it much more enjoyable being outside.

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    1. Definitely, much nicer than staring at that blank fence.

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  5. What a huge improvement already! We've been working a bit on ours & it's slow going - would love to have a nice privacy fence like you do : )

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    1. Landscaping is so much work, isn't it? Hope your yard is coming together nicely, alli.

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  6. That looks so great! Definitely adds visual interest and I like all the heigh variations - great planning and execution.

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  7. looks awesome christine -- my boring box of a yard is jealous ;)

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  8. Oh man that looks fantastic! In a few years it will be an amazing shady retreat!!!

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