Landscaping

A Tour of our Shed… Finally!

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2016 | 21 comments

Today’s post has been in my drafts for months and months, but I never took the time to snap all the photos I wanted to share (despite unending requests to see the shed!)

Now I have the photos, and I’m finally sharing a mini tour of our shed, almost ONE FULL YEAR after we actually built it — better late than never right? 🙂

Our Amazing (but Full-of-Weeds) Vegetable Garden

posted by Andrea | 08/23/2016 | 41 comments

Way back in the beginning of April, Dave and I excitedly prepared a large chunk of ground for the biggest vegetable garden we’ve had since we moved into our farmhouse… almost 6 years ago.

We had 3 goals for our garden… today I’m sharing 2 of the goals we nailed, and another one we fell quite a bit short on! Plus, lots of pictures of our garden!

My Outdoor Decorations

posted by Andrea | 06/3/2016 | 43 comments

Now that we essentially have our yard set up the way we want it and our planting beds arranged accordingly, the next thing on my “to do someday list” is to add a bunch of decorative elements to our landscaping.

I realize it might sound a little crazy to “decorate our landscape” but as you’ll hopefully see by the pictures in this post, a few non-plant elements really add A LOT to the look and feel of our outdoor spaces.

My Favorite Weed-Fighting Tips and Tools

posted by Andrea | 05/12/2016 | 24 comments

I’ve come to accept that a few weeds will ALWAYS be lurking in our planting beds; however, after 4 LONG summers of intense landscape renovations and lots and lots of weeding, Dave and I finally feel like we have a pretty decent system for dealing with the weeds we have AND preventing the majority of “weed seeds” from germinating.

Today, I’m sharing my favorite weed-fighting tips and tools!

A Complete List of Plants in Our Landscape

posted by Andrea | 02/25/2016 | 8 comments

I’ve been asked over and over and OVER again if I would share a “Master List” of all the trees, shrubs, and perennials we planted… and since that would actually be really helpful for me to look back on as well, I figured it was time I compiled a list.

So, since spring is practically just around the corner (wishful thinking, maybe!) I’ve decided to share that list today!

How We “Winterize” our Home and Yard

posted by Andrea | 10/7/2015 | 14 comments

If you live in (or travel to) the Midwest, you know how beautiful our fall weather is. However, there is also a lot of work to do in the fall.

Today (by request from a few readers) I’m sharing a rundown of what Dave and I do to “winterize” our home and yard for the Fall and Winter months ahead.

Our Landscape Before and After {2015}

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2015 | 24 comments

After 3 years of hard work, our landscaping is 95% complete!

We still have a few projects to tackle yet this fall or next spring — but I’m excited to finally be able to share a bunch of before and after photos on the blog!

Celebrating… House and Yard Progress!

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2015 | 29 comments

No, we’re not completely finished with everything on our “summer to-do list” but we have been making REALLY good progress over the past 10-12 weeks!

Although I can’t share all the official “after” photos just yet (because we’re not quite finished) I CAN share a whole bunch of “progress” photos so we can celebrate how far we’ve come in only a few weeks!

It’s Project Season… Here’s what we’ve been up to!

posted by Andrea | 05/13/2015 | 16 comments

The last 2 weeks have been a crazy whirlwind of hustle and bustle around the Dekker house as we have officially kicked off our 2015 “project season”.

It’s a bit earlier than we normally start working on projects, but with a new baby due around the end of June / early July, we felt the need to start early. Today, I’m sharing our plans (and some of our progress)!

Our Summer of Landscaping (Round 2)

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2014 | 16 comments

We wrapped up all our 2014 landscaping projects almost 2 months ago… so I figured it was time to finally share the official before and after photos from the work we accomplished this past Spring and Summer!

How We Prepare Our Home and Yard for Cold Weather

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2014 | 4 comments

After our end-of-summer party last week, Dave and I are in full-on “Fall Mode”. We’ll be outside almost any chance we get raking and mulching leaves, dead-heading flowers, splitting perennials, draining hoses, cleaning yard tools, emptying flower pots, and preparing our home for the COLD Michigan winter that is just weeks away.

Today, I’m sharing a few simple and frugal ways we’re preparing our home and our yard for cold weather.

Our “Good Enough” Vegetable Garden

posted by Andrea | 09/30/2014 | 21 comments

I know there are many of you out there struggling to get started on a house project, an organizing project, a landscaping project, a picture project, etc. because you don’t have the time or the energy to do it exactly the way you want to do it.

I completely understand how that feels… however, I also know that it can’t hurt to just get started. You might find that “done” = “good enough”. That’s how it usually works for me 🙂

Grass Growing 101 {plus a bunch of pictures of our yard!}

posted by Andrea | 09/22/2014 | 7 comments

Although our lawn is far from perfect, we have worked really, REALLY hard to keep our very large, grass-dominated lawn looking nice.

We have spent many hours growing, caring for, and maintaining our lawn, and today (per your numerous requests) I’m sharing what we’ve learned over the last 8 summers of grass-growing.

Our New Outhouse Garden Shed

posted by Andrea | 07/22/2014 | 19 comments

After months of searching Craigslist, we finally broke down and built our own outhouse garden shed.

I’m SO happy with how it turned out — and there’s actually a really cool story behind the wood we used for the shed!

Our New Trex Deck Project

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2014 | 22 comments

Last week, I shared some of the progress (and the plans) for our mudroom project. We still have several things to cross of our “mudroom to-do list”, but we’re already gearing up for our 2nd project of the summer… a new deck!

Or maybe I should say, “replacing our old, tiny, unusable deck with a brand new, much larger deck”. I’m sharing those plans today!

What We’ve Been Up To: House + Yard Projects 2014

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2014 | 8 comments

Dave and I usually wait until school is over to start our house/yard projects for the year — but this year, even with a new baby, we were BOTH itching to get started.

Since it’s a long holiday weekend (and I have a feeling many of you are joining Dave and I in some sort of home or yard project) I figured it would be a good time to share an update on all our latest projects.

Progress is Progress… even if it’s only 5 minutes

posted by Andrea | 05/6/2014 | 35 comments

Over the past few weeks, Dave and I tackled a VERY overwhelming yard project that we thought would take forever.

Obviously, since we finished, it didn’t take forever. However, it definitely reminded me that progress is still progress — even if it only comes in 5-10 minute intervals!

A Simple Way to Save on Yard Projects

posted by Andrea | 04/28/2014 | 17 comments

If you’re planning to do any type of yard work this spring and summer, you’ll definitely want to read this super simple tip that has saved Dave and I hundreds of dollars over the past several years.

More Yard Work for the Dekkers

posted by Andrea | 04/21/2014 | 10 comments

As some of you might remember, Dave and I spent a lot of time outside last summer — and not for relaxation purposes. On and off from May through August, we had various yard projects going on around our house.

We have a BUNCH more landscaping projects to tackle this summer — and I’m sharing them all in today’s post!

Our Landscaping: Before and After!

posted by Andrea | 09/23/2013 | 44 comments

We’ve been finished with yard work for the summer for several weeks already — but I’ve had a difficult time trying to accurately photograph the “after” pictures. It’s so hard when the plants and trees are still small!

I’m sure I’ll be sharing more pictures next summer — but for now, I’m excited to share our official 2013 landscaping before and after shots!