Curb Appeal

September 7, 2016

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.





Say hi to the pups!IMG_0862




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!


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  • Reply Sarah September 7, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Wow, you guys did an awesome job! I love how cleared out it is so you can see the beauty of the house. The mulch and new retaining walls look fantastic and the little monk is just perfection 🙂 Great job, pals!

  • Reply Robbyn September 7, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Fantastic job! And no, you can’t take on every project! Some of them you need to live with to figure out what works best. The statue is St. Francis – some people believe having one on your property means it will sell quickly! Lol, maybe the previous owners put him there? He is beautiful and looks great in the planting bed.

    • Reply Courtney @ Foxwood Forest September 7, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      Robbyn, you’re so right. So many projects need to be addressed after we’ve lived here for a bit! And thank you so much for identifying our St. Francis statue. How fun!

  • Reply Stacy G September 10, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Wow wow! What a fantastic transformation. Do not for one second berate yourselves over the fact that landscaping was not your first priority. Ours is a complete disaster. We will be hitting the landscaping at BHH hard next year. I’m waiting for frost to kill everything, and then the flower beds will look clean again. LOL

    • Reply Courtney @ Foxwood Forest September 11, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      Stacy, thank you so much! Hahaha, I love your plans for winter to clean out the flower beds for ya. I can get on board with that! 🙂

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