Remember WAY back in 2013 when I wrote about getting the front yard spruced up? No? Yeah, me neither…woops. Time flies? Well, the general idea was to add edging and a lamp post and plants to the area out front near the tree. Here’s our photo-shopped inspiration photos:
Along the back edge of the driveway we wanted to raise up the wall and add some privacy tree/shrubs bordering the neighbors chain link fence.
Dear Reader, you wouldn’t hardly believe it, but we actually did do some of this! We used a “Yard Crashers Day” to have family come over to help get this started last fall. Basically, my parents, one of my sisters + her hubbie, and Jake and I (since we’re all local to each other) trade off a day to come over and tackle some outside project that might be a bit daunting to do on your own. For instance, my parents have a huge yard, front and back, so we helped them rake leaves and get them all piled up in a trailer and off to the dump. My sister’s yard crasher day turned into yard/house day as we prepped her house for their wedding which was happening in their backyard. And our yard crasher day was very rainy and very wet and we got a bit of this completed. Ready to see? There are no progress shots because it was very rainy and very wet, but may hands make quick work so it’s fun to work together all the same.
Here’s where we started:
And after a bit of family fun, here’s where we ended up after that rainy fall day:
And now a little earlier this summer:
We picked up a punch of perennials at the end of season for 50% off and although we didn’t even know what a lot of them were or where going to do, they’ve done beautifully! Instead of a forsythia like in our inspiration collage, we bought a lilac plant that has really thrived and gave us beautiful blooms this year. The brick edging tied everything in together and we were able to use up what we had left from the wall in the backyard so didn’t cost us a dime.
When we dug up the old iron lamppost last fall, my dad tested the wires and they were still good, so we knew we didn’t have to do much to put a new lamppost here. We chose and ordered a PVC lamppost for easy maintenance and it was synch to install. We simply dug a hole deep enough to pour concrete and used a spare landscape timber to support the post and attach the wiring to.
Then you just slide the PVC assembly over the timber and guide the wiring up to your fixture.
And you’re done! We mulched around it which helps to keep it clean and we don’t have to paint it. Something beautiful and wood would be just lovely as well, but this works for us and our little house.
Jacob and my dad did also raise up the wall along the back fence and we bought some teeny-tiny privet hedges that we hope will grow into a nice privacy screen someday.
We’ll see about that…out of 25 plants and a winter from you-know-where we only have 6 or 7 of them with leaves and new growth on them, but they are supposed to be hardy and resilient so I’m giving them a fighting chance! Maybe someday they’ll turn into this:
I’ll keep my eye on them and let you know how they work out! Do you have a Yard Crashers Day too?