My sweet parents are in town for a few days helping us clean up a few things outside. They are landscaping gurus and work horses and the amount of yard work we got done yesterday is more than we’ve done in probably two years. Our exterior checklist has changed drastically. We went from prepping for an outdoor movie party, to prepping to list our house, to now just cleaning things up for the new owners.
A main project was weeding and trimming, of course. In our front yard, the side looked like this at the beginning of the day:
And here’s a shot in the opposite direction with a pose courtesy of Greta:
Throughout the few hours (and zero dollars) it took my mom and I to get this area under control, I learned quite a few good tips from her like:
1. Trim back. After we pulled out the weeds, trimming the actual plants back so that we could see the cement curbing really helped things look neat and kept.
2. Trim up. In the top photo, you can see the unruly, red-leafed bushes. After I trimmed back all the wild branches, she showed me how trimming up the bottoms a bit would help the bush breathe. Aesthetically, it helped create different shapes, too!
3. If you have an empty spot, it can be filled with a rock. Really! When we were going to list the house, we had a small budget for plants to fill in blank spaces, but now that we’re in clean up only mode, we weren’t really looking to put more money into too many things. There are random boulders in piles tucked all around our yard (I honestly never noticed them) and my mom strategically placed them around the garden beds to fill in black spots and it looked so nice! You can see one in the bottom left of the after photo below:
After we were all done weeding, we hosed off the curbing which put the finishing clean touch on the front beds.
The last time we worked in the backyard, we removed the sod to install our garden beds–which is definitely one of our biggest regrets now that we’re moving. Why, oh why did we have to remove that sod!?
We are going to keep the raised garden beds (although currently empty) with the house, so we needed to make the space above look better. That included removing all the sod we removed (hard!), and cleaning up the dead weeds along the perimeter of the house.
My dad and I dug out all of the weeds and my mom and Greta lined up these rocks they found around the yard (I really had no idea we had this many rocks around the house!) to the newly cleaned out garden bed.
We lined the garden beds back in the cleared out space and it looked a lot better.
The last thing that needed our attention was the light on the patio that we love, but was too low. Originally, we were going to rearrange some siding–but have decided to take this fixture with us to our new house and just replace it.
We picked up this $24 exterior light at HD which is still an upgrade from the original fixture and doesn’t require any siding adjustment. We’ll take it!
Our to-do list is wrapping up and we are headed to Idaho in a few days to house hunt there. It’s pretty amazing how quickly life changes, huh.