For the past 3 summers, Dave and I have done massive amounts of yard work in an effort to completely overhaul our 1-acre property. We have spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars on our yard — and while I realize that might sound completely wasteful to some of you, it is (for the most part) something we enjoy doing together.
With 3 little kids, going on vacation (or really going anywhere) is not super relaxing for us. We’d both prefer to stay home most of the time — and since Dave is home all summer long, we enjoy spending lots of time in our yard. The kids play on the swingset, jump on the tramp, ride bikes and scooters up and down our long driveway, and splash in the kiddie pool.
We also really enjoy having friends and family over for backyard parties throughout the spring, summer, and fall months. Thankfully, our yard is now a really great “hosting spot”. In fact, we use our yard for entertaining more than our house!
I suppose that instead of going on vacation, going out to eat, and going shopping, we have chosen to spend our money on house and yard projects — at least at this point in our lives!
At least now we have a nice backdrop for family pictures 🙂
After 3 springs and summers of hard work, we are so close to being finished (if it weren’t for having a baby this summer, we probably would be finished!)
You can catch up (or refresh your memory) on the yard work we’ve already done via the links below…
Here is what we accomplished this spring and summer:
- Remove 9 ugly, dying pine trees and have stumps ground out (we had a company do this for us)
- Finish the last section of our fence along our driveway
- Finish the landscaping along the East side of our house and along the new fence area
- Add a few lines of underground sprinkling
- Spread 35+ yards of mulch
- Plant 500+ annuals
- Level a huge mound of dirt behind our driveway in preparation for a vegetable garden
- Transplant a bunch of plants to different areas of our yard
Here’s what we still need/want to do this fall or next spring:
- Build another shed by the back of our driveway
- Plan out the vegetable garden for next year
- Cut down 11 more pine trees by our playground area
- Fix/update the underground sprinkling in a few areas
- Figure out what we’re going to do with our mailbox area (this is taking longer than we planned as we share a mailbox area with our neighbors and are trying to work with them on this so we are both happy)
We might still try to tackle these projects yet this fall… but I wouldn’t be surprised if most of them wait until spring. Either way, we are 95% finished with our yard work, and wow, has it been a LOT of work!
The Before & After Photos!!
From the middle of our driveway, looking towards the front of our house.
A little bit closer up.
From the front walkway, looking to the west.
From the front walkway, looking to the East.
From the end of the driveway, looking over the front yard towards the house.
From the sidewalk looking out over the entire front yard.
From the side yard, looking back towards the shed and our kid’s play area.
From the turnaround part of our driveway, looking back towards the new shed.
From the side of our outbuilding, looking out over the backyard.
From the swing set area, looking out towards the side/front yard.
From the swing set area, looking back towards the house.
The same view — but with Nora (before and after!)
From our side yard, looking back towards our outbuilding.
From the garage area, looking towards the kids’ play area.
From our outbuilding, looking at the back of our house and deck.
A similar view.
From the back yard, looking towards the back of our garage.
From the mudroom, looking out towards the back yard.
From the back deck, looking towards the outbuilding.
From the path to the outbuilding, looking back towards the deck and mudroom.
From the driveway, looking towards the back of our property (along the East side).
From the back of our driveway, looking towards the back of our house & mudroom area.
From the driveway, looking towards the side of our house and garage.
Another similar angle, a little further out.
That’s all for the tour this year!
I’m sure I’ll have more landscaping pictures to come in future years. I can’t wait to see how everything fills in, how the vegetable garden comes along, what we end up doing with the shed we’re hoping to build, and if we put more planting beds in our front yard.
We’ll see how ambitious we feel next summer 🙂