Add this project to the list of “before pictures that we’re insanely embarrassed to share.” And while these before pictures are ridiculously awful, it’s always projects like this one that have the BEST after pictures. A total transformation for sure (and we’re not even done with it!).
Take a look at our front yard landscaping…
I just can’t.
I could go on and on with excuses but the truth is we just cannot make everything a priority. Some projects have to wait to make time for super urgent projects (like new stairs!). For this reason, we ignored the front landscaping and learned to live with it.
Here are a few pictures during the process. Side note: why did we choose to do this on such a hot/humid day?
We were able to re-use all the stones which saved us time and money. Score! We extended the two mulched areas and connected them to create one large space. We have two wells in the front that were kind of a pain to mow around and a bit dangerous (one of the lids is fairly loose), so we decided to include them in the new mulched area. We then placed a fun little monk statue on one of them to prevent people from walking right over it. We found the monk behind some weeds near the front of our property. He’s kinda cute! We also re-built the retaining wall, and it makes such a difference.
After digging out all the weeds, we sprinkled a weed preventer over the soil and then added a layer of newspaper before spreading out the mulch. We went through 37 bags of mulch and still probably need more! We used half Scotts Earthgro in brown and half Mountain Magic Bark Mulch. I’m going through now and spraying a spot killer on the weeds that are popping up every few days (we’ll probably have to do that for a while!).
Otherwise, now we just need to pick out plants. Major thanks to those of you who made suggestions over on Instagram; we super appreciate it.
Little by little, we’re making progress!