I'm not sure if it's the whole home ownership thing, but the landscaping bug has bitten me hard enough to leave welts. I've got a couple of large projects on the table right now, and I'm going all out before my notoriously fickle interest wanes.
Accomplishments to date:
- Half the back yard has been completely turned over, fertilized, seeded, and now a lush and verdant carpet of grass has made its heavily anticipated appearance. A makeshift barrier of plywood runs down the center of the yard, preventing our little furry hellions from tearing up the weaker new growth. In another couple of weeks I'll switch which side they have access to, and begin reseeding the opposite side.
- The snow-crushed gazebo has been repaired, and the large (quarter ton?) picnic table has been power-washed and moved under the gazebo atop the power-washed patio flooring.
- The old garden has grown to twice its size, the soil turned over about 18" deep, composted, fertilized, fenced in, and planted. I found a use for all the oddly cut bricks piled up in the backyard, turning them into a flooring for the arch entryway into the garden. The arch was made from recycled gazebo parts (previously hurricane fodder). I've got some morning glory vines planted all around the two pillars of the arch, which should be quite lovely by midsummer.
- Half of the extensive mulch beds have been redone with red mulch, which is a real treat to use. Having primarily lived in a blue and red houses, I've never had the chance to tastefully use it.
- Nearly 2500 gallons of oak leaves have been removed from the front and back yard in the last month. Roughly a third of what we had in total when moving in. I'm absolutely dreading autumn.
In the planning:
- Rebuilding the fire pit into something actually pleasant to look at. Something like this, but a little less jagged.
- I've cleared a section of the yard situated behind the garage and enclosed by the tall fencing. It's an area roughly 18 by 35 feet, and I'm thinking of turning it into an enclosed zen garden. I'll build a trellised arbor over the whole of it, and construct a low bridge over either a shallow pond of water or gravel. Going to build a torii gate for the entrance once I settle on a design. Something like this, only more natural, with stone and lots of moss and hanging plants.