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Front Yard Landscaping

Posted by olemike on 05/13/2012

For some time, Leona and I have been wanting to remodel our front yard and exchange the majority of the lawn area for shrubs and other landscaping choices.  We wanted to conserve water and we felt this would achieve that goal.  The first two pictures show what we did to the front yard about 5 years ago shortly after we first moved to this house.

The next stage of the project which we are just finishing was to remove most of the sod in the front yard.  So I’m off to Hertz Tool Rentals to rent a sod cutter.

For those of you who have never done so, please don’t use a sod cutter right after a huge rain.  Take my word for it, sod is heavy when wet.  Thank goodness, I had Leona to roll up and load the sod onto the truck.  Seriously, my son Eric was here to help and we definitely needed his brawn.  Leona advertised “Free Sod” on Craigslist and we had about 10 respondents so we were able to give the sod away and did not have to haul it to the dump.

Next, we brought in some big rocks (Top Rock Landscaping) and placed in the area.

After that, we were off to Green Acres Nursery to select plants.  When we started planting, I dug the holes and Leona did the planting.

After, all the plants were in, I ran the drip lines and then brought in about 4 yards of black bark (from Hastie’s Capitol Sand and Gravel) to spread.   Additionally, I installed edging between us and our neighbors and brought in some small drainage rock for along the sidewalk.   So far, so good.

Next I needed to reroute some sprinkler lines for what little lawn I had left.

And finally, I installed new low voltage lights.

Two final pictures – Of my help-mate and supervisor without whose encouragement and prodding I would not have tackled this project.  She is the counter balance to my procrastination streak.

The last thing I need to do is rebuild the water valve in the back yard and install a flow restrictor and filter and then I can call the city for buy-off of the project.  They provide a $1/sq. ft. rebate if you meet certain requirements.

I can say with surety that we are glad this project is completed.  It’s been a lot of work.


6 Responses to “Front Yard Landscaping”

  1. Phyllis said

    It looks absolutely gorgeous. You guys did a great job. Do you hire out? I have 2 acres to beautify.

  2. Jewels said

    What a huge undertaking! Looks very nice. 🙂

  3. P. C. Zick said

    Beautiful job. I know how much work that entails so good for you for following it through.

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