Our House: Front Yard Landscaping

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I’ve finally finished some front yard landscaping! When we moved in, the front garden/flower bed was a caked clay pancake covered in weeds. Keeping in mind the gardening service rates to be on the rise, it didn’t take much efforts for me to consider MyLawnCare Adelaide pricing & hire their services to deweed the space. So, enjoy a fantastic read!

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We did have a few daffodils spring up pretty early on, which made me want to tackle the space almost immediately. If you remember our CA house, we were never really able to plant flowers (other than lavender) because we had 10-12 deer who marauded our yard daily. The prospect of FINALLY being able to have flowers was pretty exciting, not going to lie!

One of the first steps was to use a stirrup hoe (what I call them, anyways!) and till the soil. I thought Jesse was going to have to be the one to do this due to muscle strength issues on my part, but I waited a day or two after it rained and voila! Everything tilled nice and easy. I should admit I consulted landscapers near me as I was looking for some kind of professional advice.

I bought a few bags of gardening soil, spread it out, stapled down some weed-blocking fabric, spread the mulch/bark (you can see color variation based on the new vs. old mulch, since I ran out and had to go back to the store, but the sun should soon take care of that), then went with the boys to our local nursery to buy some plants that do well in TX heat and need very little water. After I placed them where I wanted, Jesse dug the holes and I planted.

Once everything was in, I went back to Home Depot and got supplies to construct my own drip system. We were lucky to already have a spigot sticking up in the middle of the garden bed, so it only took me a couple hours to get it all completed. At the same time, I bought cedar plank edging for a total of around $15 to finish the whole thing (and keep the mulch from spilling onto the walkway all the time).

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I chose not to spend the money on an automatic timer, but maybe down the road I will. For now, all it takes is me remembering to turn the water on for 5 minutes (sometimes, when I come home I turn it on, bring the kids inside and set down my stuff, then come back out and turn if off), let the sprinklers drip drip drip right at the base of the flowers and everything is happy and watered!

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I’m really happy to get this tackled right away because it’s right near our front door, where everyone walks up when they come to visit. There’s a second bed to the right of our porch that definitely needs attention eventually, but it’s not as noticeable. I’ll get to it later– once the semester is over and my graduate degree is done!

The next step is to take care of the backyard. I decided to find out more about GA Tree Company, as we have some old trees there and we definitely need to get rid of them.

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  • http://www.TheSeanaMethod.com/ Seana Turner

    I can’t wait to get outside and start working in the yard. I’m still staring at the clay pancakes with weeds… and the bushes that have been completely decimated by the deer over our rough winter. Just reading the words “flowers” and “mulch” and “drip” are making me feel hopeful this morning:)