You know what comes with an old house….an old yard or land. Typically your property has been neglected equally or worse than your home and that means a crazy amount of endless work. Our house sat empty for over 2 years and the property had been let go of long before that…it was absolute madness. I referred to it as Grey Gardens when we moved in.
You might be somebody that can hire landscapers (I envy you)…I once drove passed an old home getting a complete landscape makeover – the company they hired created for them in a week, what will take us years to establish. Yes, I was jealous and gave a bit of side-eye as I drove by, but in the end, we have learned so much doing the work ourselves.
We’re amateurs at best and I imagine there are a lot of things we could have done better, but in the end, it’s about loving your dirt and making the most of it. Otherwise, to me, there isn’t much point in owning property.
I’ve broken up the landscaping we’ve done into two posts, because we’ve done a lot of it and I wasn’t able to condense it all, even though I tried really hard, he he.
We started immediately when we moved in, in 2011, so most of these shots are of our initial work which took two years to really get it to a place that we could start using it the way we had hoped. We started with putting in a fence around some of the our property because of our dogs, and for privacy.
It’s impossible to truly capture the amount of work it took to get our property to where it is today, though still in need of a lot of work outside of the fenced area. We even worked hard to improve the ground itself, planting new grass seed, and fertilizing.
This will be an ongoing battle for us for a few years more as we tackle more landscaping projects (there’s more property that desperately needs work) and continue to improve on what we’ve started. You really have to stay on top of it, because the moment you think you’ve finally worked out all the kinks – ground-ivy, thistle, crabgrass and so many other weeds will bring you back to reality. Nothing grows as well or as fast as a weed.
Part one focuses on all the work we’ve done thus far to get our property to a place where we could actually use it. Part two talks about what we did after, to improve it.