I have partnered with Roundup® For Lawns to bring you all the details of our outdoor refresh for this Spring.
I wanted to share some of our plans to spruce up the yard this year and (hopefully) I will be sharing our progress as we go. As y’all know we pretty much DIY everything around here so we have already started-fast and furious- on our punch list.
Our poor yard had a terrible winter y’all. California has been in a drought for ages and ages and this winter all that rain we haven’t seen in the past five years, suddenly arrived. Normally the winter is pretty mild but this year was just soggy! The good news is that our lawn is fresh and green but the bad news is that we have a ton of work ahead to get the yard back in great condition.
Starting with the front yard.
First up is the lawn– we had a drought for many years and we were not allowed to water the lawn at all. It is in pretty rough shape with lots of uneven patches and weeds. We plan to get the yard back in good shape which is where Roundup® For Lawns comes in.
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Second up is fresh mulch we already purchased and just need to spread around the flower beds and trees to spruce up the joint.
The third major project and the one I am most excited about, is replacing our sad old fence. I cannot wait to finish this project as a new fence is just going to make such a huge difference. We are going to push the fence out on the side and front which will give us quite a bit more space in the backyard, where we spend the majority of our time. Our old fence was in rough shape when we bought the house 8 years ago and we actually painted it in an attempt to get a few more years out of it. Well the day has come to rip it out and start fresh. I can.not.wait.
That is pretty much it for the front- the back yard is where most of the action will happen.
We have a lot of trimming on the side yard where we have some overgrown trees/bushes/flowers that are growing like crazy.
Next up we have to address another issue in the side yard. Our home was built on a hill that used to be orchards years and years ago. Since our home is at the bottom of the hill, we get so much run off water into a little portion of side yard. It turns the grass into mud and just looks awful, not to mention the puppy makes a beeline to that spot and drags mud all over the house. So we plan to remove that grass and add gravel that will absorb the run off water a little better. I think this will actually create a beautiful spot for outdoor dining.
We built a custom trellis cover for our pool equipment years ago and that has seriously seen better days. We have a new pool equipment cover up coming soon that will be similar to this Sprinkler cover box I posted awhile back.
There is a small side yard space that was originally intended for the kids but has been neglected for a few years now. Our girls are older now and since the pool takes up the majority of the back yard, we really need to find space for soccer and softball practice. We plan to resod this area with new grass and set up soccer goals/t-balls and all the other sports paraphernalia.
Two other projects that will go hand in hand- we have some old Adirondack chairs that desperately need to be painted plus we built an outdoor kitchen last summer to flank the grill. The paint we used did not hold up to the elements and a fresh coat of paint is needed. (This is done- see the freshly painted chairs here.)
An easy project that should pack a lot of punch, is replacing our old light fixtures in the back. When we moved in all the fixtures everywhere were brass and we couldn’t afford to replace every single fixture at once so I sort of prioritized and we still have a few in the back that need to go.
One smaller project is the addition of more twinkle lights to the back yard. I have a plan to build some posts to string the lights around the backyard. I love to see the lights twinkling off of the pool at night and can’t wait to get this project finished.
Last but not least, we would like to have two modest sized planter boxes. One will be used for wild flowers and the second will be our attempt at a little vegetable garden. I just saw gorgeous tomato plants at the nursery and I can not wait to try my hand at growing those tomatoes!
Whew! We have a lot planned for this Spring and I am hoping by the time summer rolls around we can kick our feet up and enjoy entertaining outdoors.
Who is with me? Big plans for your yard this year?
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