Happy Monday Y’all!
I hope you guys had a great weekend! I know we certainly did!
A few weeks ago I tackled a pretty big project on the side of our house. If you have been reading this blog for a while now, you know that I have blogged about this area of our home a couple different times. It seems like each spring I tackle it again & again, making more progress year after year.
Even though I strive to keep this side of our house looking presentable, it never fails that when spring rolls around we are always back to square one. Here is a look at where I started this year…..
A little less than inspiring wouldn’t you say?!
The first thing I did was start pulling weeds! Low & behold there were the hostas I planted a couple years back, springing up through the soil.
Then, I added some impatiens to the window box & things were already starting to look much better.
I decided that this was the last year I wanted to deal with the weeds, so I picked up a roll of weed control fabric to cover the area. I simply cut holes in the fabric to allow the hostas room to grow.
I also picked up several bags of mulch to surround the hostas & cover the fabric.
I had gotten some coupons in the mail from Lowes a few weeks prior & I decided I would put them to use for this project. So, I stopped by our local store & picked up some stone edgers to put the finishing touch on the flower bed.
When I got home from Lowes, I made the decision to extend the flower bed and wrap it around the front of the house. I removed the concrete splash block from underneath the gutter spout & dug up the grass until I got down to the soil.
Then, I added a layer of the weed control fabric & topped it off with mulch. I picked up a couple more hostas while at Lowes & filled the new spot to coordinate with the rest of the flower bed.
To lay the stone edgers, I simply dug a path that outlined the outer edge of the flowerbed & laid the stone edgers one by one. I made sure that each one was level and that I maintained a straight line all the way down. I also made sure to tuck the weed control fabric underneath each edger as it was laid to create a barrier.
Once the edgers were laid, I discover that I still had enough room to add some flowers in front of the hostas, so I used the same impatiens that I had planted in the window box & filled the flower bed as well. This is what it looked like when I was finished.
Quite the improvement, right?!
I’m so pleased with how it turned out! The project actually took me about two afternoons to complete, but I think the time & effort definitely paid off! I’m so happy with the way it looks now.
The following pictures were taken this past weekend (a few weeks after I completed the project.) You can already see a huge difference in the size of the plants.
This side of our home is shaded for the biggest part of day, so the hostas & the impatiens absolutely love it there!
And to really appreciate the amount of work that went into this space, I went back through my archives & found this picture of how the side yard looked just a couple years back.
So SAD! At this time, the side of the house was nothing but a catch all. It completely lacked character & curb appeal.
But now….it screams curb appeal & that makes my heart happy!
And every time I walk down this side of our home I smile!
I’m looking forward to watching the hostas & impatiens mature even more in the coming weeks! I can’t wait to see what things will look like in another month or two. I’ll be sure to keep you posted!
What do you think of my side yard makeover?
Have you completed a similar project this spring? If so, I’d love to hear about it!
Thanks so much for visiting me today!! I hope you have a fantastic Monday!
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