Friday, 27 April 2012

The grass is always greener

So remember when our front yard looked like this? 

Well we were eager to do something about that. So my friend and I took on the labour intensive task of raking up all the mulch one day when Zach was at work. It took us about 5 hours, and by the end of it we could barely even carry a conversation with one another due to exhaustion. It was a huge undertaking but we kicked butt. 

After that event it looked like this, which was much better but still wasn't quite the look we were going for. We brainstormed what would be best in this space, and we considered a few things. One, the feral neighbourhood cats had pretty much claimed this as their pooping grounds and with the warmer weather coming a smell was starting to linger. Two, most of the plants were dying and would probably have to be replaced. So these factors led us to our decision to lay turf and make this area into a plain old lawn space.

Hmm, I think I know why none of our plants were growing in the mulch bed now. I don't know about you but I generally remove my plants from their plastic containers before I plant them in the ground. 

BUT before we laid our turf and after we removed our plants we decided to build another little flower bed. We picked up some more of the same bricks that we used to build our other flower bed along the front of the house. 

I never knew I would love turf as much as I did. For a person who craves instant gratification turf was the bees knees. One minute we didn't have a lawn and the next we did, it was great! We got our turf from a local turf farm called Jardines, we were able to buy it for $3 a roll without any tax and we had originally sourced turf for $4.99 a roll at Lyons Landscaping, plus 12% tax. Turf farms usually only cut for large orders, but we lucked out because they had some left overs from a load. Needless to say, we were pretty happy with our savings and seeing the turf farm was pretty fun too. 

We decided to give the "upside down tree" (as we like to call it) another chance and see how it looks when it gets a little bit bigger. You can just barely see it in the above photo. 

and those three bushes were ones that we were able to save from the original mulch bed, the one in the middle is on the mend but the other two have been doing quite well so we decided to keep them around.

Let's have a little before and after action to celebrate our front yard makeover...



and just because the before after photos didn't seem like celebration enough, we treated ourselves and cheersed to a day well spent. Here's the link to where we got our handmade cozies in case you're loving them as much as we do. 

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