These last few weeks I’ve been really trying to get a push on some outdoor projects. We only really get 3 months of nice weather (or so it seems) and since the previous owner of our house did zero to landscape, the list is quite lengthy of things to do.
One of the biggest projects we had planned was to add a large flower garden to the front of the house on both sides of our front porch. This post has really been a LONG time coming! We began preparing for this last fall and have recently completed!
Let’s start with a few before photos so you know what I’m talking about.
Now you may be wondering what the white pipes are about. When they build the house they attached all the gutters to point TOWARDS the house. Now anyone who has owned a home knows that is the wrong way to do it. You want all water to flow away from the foundation to avoid cracking and flooding issues down the road. Lucky for us, the house was only 2 years old so there was no damage done. Dave used pipe to run our gutters out the side of the house, down the hill and into the field.
There’s a lot of rock and uneven ground and a serious lack of curb appeal happening overall. So we began the long journey to create these huge beds.
After the pipes were installed and working properly we loaded the area up with tailings. We racked them out and used them to help level off and ensure proper drainage. You don’t want to have areas that water will pool or collect.
Next we collected rocks from the property to use as a retaining wall of sorts. We were determined not to have to purchase stone, so we used our free shall!
Here are a few shots of the progress that took place as we build our garden.
After the tailings we did a layer of top soil and then a final layer of mulch. I’ve got a few stray rocks that I’m working with to finalize the wall and make sure it’s secure but you’ll get the idea, here it is!
Not bad for free rocks that were laying around and some hard work! Please excuse the odd piece of wood, rock or dirt that are shattered in the photos. We are still working on some landscaping elsewhere. This is a huge accomplishment for us and although it doesn’t seem like much, it was an enormous undertaking. Digging up rocks that were too heavy to carry, tons of tailings, dirt and loads and loads of mulch. We planted a few perennials in the beds (peonies, hostas, snowball hydrangeas) and are looking forward to adding to our plants next spring.