The Yard Story, Part Two

When we left off last week, I was recapping the progress that we made of essentially stripping our yard of its current contents. This week, thanks to the first morning of sunshine in probably a week, I am able to share with you some photos of a little of our planting progress. For those of you pursuing yard projects at your homes, I encourage you not to lose heart. The planting step is the most rewarding part! Trust me, I understand that all the work up until this point feels like you haven't accomplished anything. We have been digging out trees, weeds, and shrubs for weeks. I didn't want the power of the internet making you believe we are superhuman, and that this all happened super fast. For those of you curious, here is a little shot of our landscape design. You can see how easily marked each plant is-- both with name and location. Seriously, it is a no brainer when it comes to planting. The only hard part was finding the plants at the store. I have no actual knowledge about plants or planting so we were wandering the aisles repeatedly trying to read every little plant card. That really is a fun time if you add a 19 month old who hasn't napped! :) Learn from my mistakes people.

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Last week I left you with the beginnings of some garden beds that we were digging on each side of the house. We were able to finish digging those out. One suggestion our lovely landscape designer suggested was to use water based spray paint (I think the stuff we used was specifically for yards) to draw out your bed lines so you can easily dig-- kind of like a coloring book. We found that super easy, and the paint lasted for about 2 weeks (though not much rain at that time) so I had plenty of time to dig them before the lines disappeared. Another suggestion I've heard before is to use a garden hose to create the outline so you can find the shape you like. You can even run your lawn mower around it to make sure it's easy to mow. I would probably then spray paint and dig.

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And here's a little shot from the front so you can see our spindly little crab apple tree. Isn't he sweet?

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And a little before and after of the front. (We got a new car too!)

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Here is the before and after of the other side of the house.

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Don't you just love different shades of green? God is so apparent in some of the simplest things.

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Finally, the before and after of the front.

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Nothing like a little (or a lot) of yard work to remind me of the awesomeness of our Heavenly Father. Only He could have come up with all of these plants!

Isaiah 64:8 - Yet you, Lord, are our Father.     We are the clay, you are the potter;     we are all the work of your hand.

Anyone up to some landscape fun? Have any helpful hints for those of us not experienced in horticulture? Please share!

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