Oh my! Oh my! Things are coming up GREEN at Hillside Lane. I wrote about it here, but let me remind you where we started two years ago:
After moving in, cutting down trees, roto-tilling and seeding, we got to this point:
Some TLC got us to this point by Summer 2012:
What you can’t really see in this picture is the ground that runs along the back fence was still totally overgrown and filled with bricks (100s of them), a 5×7 run (yep, weird), metal strips, silverware, a rotting stump – you name it, we dug it out. It was a total eyesore, but required some serious work for even a marginal improvement. We had that area roto-tilled this spring (thanks to Gus from N&G Landscaping) and then seeded it ourselves.
Here is that back piece of the yard before the roto-tilling. Yikes.
Even just having all that junk cleared out made such a difference. Here is post-roto-tilling:
The rain gods smiled on us for at least a full week, and even though our attempt to seed the many patches in our yard was a bit of a FAIL, the grass along the back strip has come in beautifully. It makes the yard feel twice as big.
That, combined with some help from my master-gardener-mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law, things are looking pretty bright on Hillside Lane.
We even transplanted these hosta beauties around the tree in our backyard.
The backyard was a big thing on our list of resolutions for this year and it feels SO GOOD to have made so much progrss. We still hope to cross a few more things off the to-do list for the yard for this year:
1) Try seeding the patches again in the fall – a few important lessons learned, like loose top soil is needed.
2) Add a hydrangea bush for the front of the house…think: fall landscaping sales.
3) Possibly transplating/splitting a few of the peonies we have in our front yard to the back to begin landscaping…another fall project
Slowly, but surely it is coming along. I remember Andris almost wouldn’t even consider looking at this house because he thought it had zero curb appeal. It’s amazing what a couple of years, a few less overgrown bushes and some flowers can do for a house.
Looking forward to enjoying many summer days enjoying the extra “green” at Hillside Lane.