Thursday, May 29, 2014

Updating Tired Landscape




When I try to recall how long we have lived in our home, it always gives me a bit of a shock to realize that it has now been twenty years. What that means, is there are many things that need updating, and our landscape near the front sidewalk was one thing we needed to tackle as summer began. The reason was twofold; bushes were overgrown and we really never liked their look in all the time we have been here. Also as empty nesters, we need to start thinking about curb appeal, as the time we think about selling and moving on approaches.



Because we are not crazy about back breaking work, we did hire someone to remove the overgrown boxwood scrubs. That was the best decision ever, since I think it took the workers less than an hour to do everything including cleanup and the price was reasonable. Then, my husband and I worked together to pick out some low profile scrubs the easy way - he sent photos from the garden center, with his iPhone, for my approval! My husband planted the scrubs and added the landscaping rocks and I planted the flowers (vinca) and spread new wood chips in the area. I can't remember the last time we worked on a landscaping job together, but we defiantly had some good teamwork.

I think we achieved our goal of curb appeal by opening up the area with low profile scrubs, color from the flowers and interest from the landscaping rocks.

Happy Thursday!


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  1. Looks great! Gave me an idea for our sidewalk that curves just like that.

  2. Looks fantastic. We must have been on the same page. We redid our entire front last year, and just completed some more work on the back. We are almost to the point of just sitting back and enjoying it all. Pics are on the blog if you want to take a peek.

  3. Looking good Vicki . . . curb appeal is a very good thing . . .

  4. It looks great and should be easy maintenance. xo Laura

  5. Impatients will do well there!!!...:)JP


  6. Very nice. The grass is so green and the flowers you chose look great against the tree. Great job!!

  7. Looking so pretty! I removed some bushes this Spring that were killed by the cold weather! Really opened up the front of my house! Enjoy your weekend dear friend, HUGS!

  8. Very pretty.

    Stopping by from Kelly's Korner. :)' Hope you have a great weekend.

  9. Flowers sure do brighten up a garden. And how wonderful to be able to do some landscaping/garden work after the winter you had!!

  10. i love how you connected that tree into the sidewalk.

  11. Vicki, it really does make a nicer look. We had lived in our previous home 22 years and it was ready for the same thing. Our youngest son bought it and I told him that a lot of the bushes need to start coming out. They just get too woody and overgrown. At least they don't have to worry about wrinkles. lol! I really like the new look! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  12. Flowers around the base of trees are so darn pretty and add so much appeal.
    Hugs, Lynnie


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