Last fall, I shared how our back yard was getting a complete overhaul. And then I kind of left you hanging and haven't given you an update since. Sorry!
So let's recap, shall we?
Since moving into our house, we removed 25 trees. Of course, removing the trees was just the first step to getting a beautiful back yard. Once the trees were gone, we were left with unusable soil, lots of moss, even more rocks, barely any grass and lots of tree roots. Oh, and a yard that was so hilly and un-level that it wasn't safe my toddler to run around in.
After removing one very large flower bed in the middle of the garden, the landscapers got to work on grading the land. Because of the way the property is, there will always be a slope from right to left but as long as it was a gradual slope, we were OK with that.
We also created a bed along the entire perimeter of the yard and filled with various trees, plants and shrubs that will not only provide privacy but give interest and color during different seasons.
Finally, once the entire yard was leveled and new loam was put down, we had irrigation installed and both the back and front yard sprayed with hydroseed.
I think it's fair the say that it's a huge improvement on the before!
There's a huge variety of trees and plants in this perimeter bed including Dogwoods, Rose of Sharon, Cedars, Blue Spruces, Limelight Hydrangeas, Lavender and so many more than I've already forgotten the names of. I will write another post detailing all everything that was planted though once I can gather together all that info.
I wish the Rhododendruns would stay in bloom all summer. They are so spectacular!
I can't wait to take updated pictures once all the flowers (especially the hydrangeas!) are in the bloom over the next month or so!
The reason I wanted to share this with you is to give you some ideas and inspiration for your own yard. No matter how awful the before picture is, any yard can be saved! Our yard is really large (we're only three-quarters of an acre) but you'd never know it before because it felt so choppy. Now we feel like we have our own personal football field :-) Next stop, a swing set for the kiddos - delivery date: June 21st! They are so excited and I'm excited to share it with you all!