Over the past 7 years — owning homes with 2 fixer-upper yards — Dave and I have done our fair share of yard work. And if I’ve learned anything after these 7 years it’s this:
- Yard work takes WAY longer than we think it will (especially when we’re waiting for grass to grow)
- Yard work rarely produces amazing before/after pictures like interior projects — because you need to wait at least a year or two for the plants to mature.
- Yard work is really hard to photograph so it actually looks good (especially from a phone!)
So while Dave and I are absolutely THRILLED with the results of our summer of yard work, I will say that the “after pictures” aren’t quite as jaw-dropping as I was hoping for — certainly nothing like our recent garage makeover or the kitchen makeover last summer!
I think that unless you actually walked through our property before and after, it’s super hard to accurately document the changes (and I tried really hard).
But speaking of walking through our yard, here’s somewhat of a bird’s-eye view of our property and the proposed landscaping plan. Don’t look too closely at the plan because we didn’t end up following a lot of it — but at least you can get a sense of where our house, garage, and outbuilding are 🙂
A Summary of What We Accomplished:
Cut down several massive trees and had the stumps ground out.
Installed 300 feet of fencing along the side and back of our property.
Removed (and sold) over 300 landscaping bricks.
Hauled multiple trailer loads of landscaping rocks away.
Removed a large cement pad in the middle of our back yard.
Planted (and transplanted) hundreds of new bushes, trees, and plants.
Spread over 30 yards of mulch.
Created a fun play area for Nora in the back corner of our yard.
Whew… I think that’s it! And for the record, we had several different people/companies helping us with all the items I listed above.
I literally have hundreds of pictures I could share, but I’ve whittled them down to about 20 that I feel most accurately show the before and after progress. And for the record, the before picture is always first!
Also, if’ you’re wondering why I took the “after” pictures on a gloomy cloudy day, it’s because every time I tried to take them on a sunny day, there were tons of weird shadows and glare. Plus, it’s pretty hard to come by a sunny day in West Michigan this time of year 🙂
The front yard from the road looking straight back. If you’re wondering what all the green junk is on our roof, it’s from when they cut down the trees. I wish I would have taken the before pictures prior to the tree removal, but it was so cold and rainy I just never got around to it.
Another picture from the road looking towards the driveway.
Front of the house, a little closer up (after the trees on the left side of the house were removed).
Left side of front porch.
Right side of front porch.
Front yard from the end of the driveway looking across our property.
Down the driveway back by the main garage.
By the second garage / out building (first garage is on the left).
The side of the second garage / out building.
Side yard looking into the backyard (after the trees were removed).
The side of our house from the front yard (after trees were removed).
Looking at the side of our house from the side yard (before trees were removed).
The side of our house from the cement pad.
The cement pad area looking towards the front yard (after the trees were removed).
The cement pad looking back on the swing set area.
Another view of the jungle that used to be where the swing set is right now!
The swing set area (after some of the jungle was cleared).
Pathway between our house and garage — leading to the second garage (house is on the left).
Looking back the opposite direction (garage is on the left).
Looking at the back corner of our house.
Same view — just after the trees were cut down.
Looking at the back of our garage.
OK, so I think that’s enough!
Like I mentioned earlier, it was pretty hard to accurately photograph stuff — and although the plants have grown a lot this summer, lots of the flowers already dropped for the season so it’s not nearly as colorful as it was even just a few weeks ago.
I’m sure I’ll be sharing more pictures next summer — but for now, we are officially DONE with yard work (besides raking leaves.)
We’re super happy with what we accomplished this summer and we’re excited to hopefully finish the rest of our yard next summer — maybe Nora will even be able to help next year!