While working from home one day and looking at the ugly mess that lived out front of my home, I couldn’t take it anymore – the shrubs had to go. I didn’t really have a plan for what came next post-shrub demolition, but it was so fun to finally take these suckers down.
My husband had to hook a tow up to the back of his truck to rip the roots out! We thought we were Si and Jase from Duck Dynasty for a minute, but I digress…
Since it rained pretty much every weekend at some point, or any time during the week when I had free time – the space sat unoccupied for about 2 weeks. It was a nice, muddy mess filled with whirlybirds (those menacing Maple seeds that blanket my yard / car / get tracked into my house every spring) and sprouting weeds. So, last weekend we finally got it done. We visited the local Agway, since I know nothing about plants, and they showed me a variety of plants that will work in our soil type and lack of sun. If you live in Chester County – Agway is the spot. I highly suggest it for your gardening needs.
See what I mean about the shade? The shurbs we chose are called Gold Dust or Japanese Acuba, and will fill out nicely to 4′-6′ wide and tall. And don’t even think that I was not singing this in my head the entire rest of the afternoon:
The other side of the front exterior was also struggling. My trusty gutter guards just make the water cascade down the front of the house during a heavy rain, washing any soil or mulch in its path. I had the brilliant idea to continue the red brick from our walkway and create a small garden area with some Hosta and a small azalea bush that I though may have bit the dust, but Grandma Ruby (I named her) gave me a few red blooms this spring.
Hopefully everything grows, is properly maintained and fills in correctly. Wish me luck!
As a new or existing home owner, do you like to do your own yard / garden work or prefer to hire a service? We’d love to hear!