It’s project time

Or at least it’s project catch up time. There are a lot of things we’re working on now but I kind of want to catch the blog up on some of the things we have done so far. So why not start out with the biggest project we’ve tackled which is the backyard.

Here is what our backyard looked like for the first 5 months after we moved in.

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 Around March I started feeling pressure to do something back there. I know, a whopping 3 months after move in. But I just couldn’t stand it. It was so bare and depressing. So I thought “This is silly. It’s time to get serious and come up with a serious plan.” And that is when this very serious and professional plan came about.

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Yes it was drawn by myself, with a number 2 pencil and crayons. And yes, everyone who helped with the backyard got a good laugh. BUT if you compare those plans to what the backyard looks like now, it’s almost the same.

So the first thing we did was interview contractors for the patio. We knew we wanted stamped and colored concrete. We ended up interviewing about 6 different contractors and once we found the guy we liked, he got straight to work. Look at the form. Doesn’t it look just like the drawing?

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One of the toughest decisions was deciding on the color and all we got to help us was two, one foot by one foot samples.

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We ended up going with terra cotta and cappuccino and this is what it turned out like.

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We were happy and relieved that it came out just as we hoped. We also had the contractor install a drip and sprinkler system and grass.

After we waited the 3 days needed for the patio to cure, we got to work on landscaping. And here is how the yard looks now.

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I by no means have a green thumb. Far from it actually. The little that I do know has come from the 2 month research I did to create that beautiful plan which included going to nurseries, talking to my mom and actually listening to what she had to say about gardening and of course checking out the very wise internet world. I’ve still got a lot to learn but so far it’s been a great experience.

Since this is around our backyard anniversary time, I’d like to end this post with the top five things I’ve learned after having a backyard for a year…
1) Hostas grow back after winter! I thought they just died.
2) Never leave an umbrella open all night. Ouch. We learned that one the hard way.
3) Don’t leave a possibly large growing plant in a pot with a hole at the bottom. This taught me firsthand what root bound means.
4) Landscape fabric has a purpose in this world and should be used in strategic places like the rock garden near the fountain.     Pulling weeds from that area sucks.
5) You can never have too many electrical outlets in an outdoor space.