I took picture today to post for this “first edition” – and then I remembered what our house looked like when we moved it.
Notice the dead grass, the random weeds and bushes (about 6’ tall) and below, the pond. Yes. A pond. A dilapidated, half-filled-in pond. Taking up almost the entire back yard.
Here’s some more of the front yard:
Again, notice the dead grass, and all the little quakies coming up everywhere – in the grass, in the flower beds, ev-er-y-where. They were pains in the rear to clean out, and we were still working on them this summer. (this picture was taken in October shortly after we first moved in)
So we pulled things up, we chopped things down, we dug things out, we watered, fertilized, and did the best we could (like I said, we moved in the house in October, so there wasn’t really any growing season left). But after some hard work, here’s what it looked like:
As you can see in the picture above, we got some grass to start growing (turns out the sprinkler system on the front part of the lawn wasn’t working – which is why the grass only started growing in the back).
In the backyard, we dug out and filled in the pond. It took a lot of work, and a really grateful neighbor (I say she was grateful because she did most of the work in return for all the pond equipment and those flagstones). We were happy just to get rid of that pond! She also eventually took the two evergreens back there (earlier in the spring/summer) and I moved the big hibiscus tree that was back there (probably a bit too late in the year, but oh well).
In the second edition, which I am going to post tonight as well, you’ll see all the work we’ve done!