There is something about the front yard of my house that has been bugging me for quite some time. Could it be the overgrown bushes on either side of the stairs? the huge tree that is blocking the house? or the lack of landscape? Actually it’s all those and more.

In an attempt to spruce up the landscape Henry and I decided to spend some hard earned money by purchasing two ceramic planters. Having over sized planters on the porch will add some needed color and we can change the plants with the seasons.

As the weather is getting nicer, I decided that the planters were not enough. One day after work I came home with the energy to give the front yard and my bank account a mini make over. I started by saying good-bye to the overgrown bushes. While in the process of removing the bushes I also managed to trim back the tree. Trimming the low branches to allow more sunlight and a better view of the house from the street.

Now that the bushes are gone, my mom and I decided to visit our local home improvement store. We came back with 90 retaining pavers. Our idea is to build a small retaining wall around the porch that will double as a small garden.

After a few days of working on the retaining wall we finally finished the design, now it was time to fill the hole with dirt and beautiful plants. in an attempt to save money we decided to not purchase the dirt but instead we got our dirt from my dads work warehouse. His job stores dirt and old concrete materials until they can dispose of it. Luckily for us we just had to get some muscles, a shovel and a strong truck to haul it back home. After about an hour of shoveling dirt into the truck we managed to fill up the back. Once at home my dad pulled up into the lawn and we unload the dirt into its new home.

Now that we have dirt in our garden we can plant our new Japanese maple on each side. Next week we are purchasing new plants to fill up the space around the Maples and we are topping it with mulch. Here is our process so far. Until next time, hopefully it will all be done soon.



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