Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Grass is HEAVY

When I was a little girl my dad really emphasized yard work.  Now that I have my own yard, I find I look forward to yard work, something which surprised me! I have been working very hard on my days off to get our yard back in shape.


One of the projects I was most excited about was edging our lawn, something my dad had us do a lot growing up. We found an electric edger at Menards for a good price and I was determined.

Here is the before picture. Notice how much grass is overlapping the sidewalk next to the stone steps. It is hard to appreciate.


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After. This took me hours on two separate Saturdays. I was too tired to sweep up the remaining dirt or to even make sure things were straight. I think it looks a lot better already. I don’t think the picture does justice to my hard work.


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Maybe this next one does? This is all dirt and sod taken from the side closest to the house. This was over 3 wheelbarrows full, probably 300 lbs of extra sod! And from only half.

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My in-laws bought me some hanging plants for our pergola. I have managed to almost kill them already, about 2 weeks later. Sorry! This white basket used to have pretty gold flowers that matched my door. Even the nurse at work has been scolding me about not watering enough. She has threatened to do it herself as she drives by in the mornings. I am trying to do better! Regardless, I think it helps.

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These are doing better. I never thought I would have a gnome! But thanks to Colt, I think this hawkeye gnome is quite fitting if he wont disappear to travel the world like I’ve heard they tend to do. I am a bit worried about football season for him.

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I tease Colt about being our lawnboy. He has a lot of landscaping experience and trimmed this tree. I think it looks great. He amazingly took off a whole truck load of branches! Hard to believe. Wish I had a before picture.

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This is our patio. I painted these cheap green chairs black which helped a lot. Not quite sure what else to do here.

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Side door…

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And here it is! Please don’t come find my house stalkers! I am nervous to post it on here but have had so many requests I thought I would chance it. I am very pleased with the orange door. It used to be maroon/pink as well as the base as you can see in the before picture.  

house before

After! Also, I feel like this is like  one of those weight loss pics with the before without makeup in sweats and after with a huge makeover. It isn’t quite fair to compare winter to spring, but I am very happy with the results!

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I think we’ve made a good start!


Amber W. said...

What a cute house! I love the front door, and the yard looks great, too!

Abby said...

Yay! Such a cute house. I'd never think to paint a front door orange, but I LOVE the way it turned out. did you paint the house too or does it just look different because of the lighting in the pictures?

nathan n rachel said...

I like the orange door! It looks good. :)

catroller83 said...

so cute good job!!!!

Dave and Abby said...

Charming Erin. Really. I'm quite jealous. A real house... ah. Glad you are enjoying it.

Oriens said...

hey super woman, slow down! You are making the rest of us look bad. =)
The house looks awesome- you did a fantastic makeover and I love the bright doors.

brenna said...

Looks good! Funny how the edging is instilled in all of us, it drives me crazy when I walk past houses with unedged lawns.

The house is really looking nice! Glad I finally got to see a few pictures