Last week I took you on a Spring Tour of our garden.
It didn't always look like this and when we moved into our house in October 2000, the yard, especially the backyard, looked pretty rough. This week I thought I'd share how it evolved over the years.
This is how it looked before we began landscaping. You can't really see in the photo, but there are huge fuzzy vines climbing some 30 feet into some of the trees. We had to pull them out with a car because our lawn tractor didn't have enough weight or power on it.
This photo shows the middle right part of the backyard.
This photo shows the left side of the backyard.
I drew up a plan on the computer before we even began. We planted shrubs, plants and flowers a section at a time since we were doing all of this ourselves.
We had to cut down a few of the smaller trees to make room for our girls playset. Digging out stumps and roots is sooooooo much fun!
This first section was pretty rough and the playset looks so small. Everyone in our neighborhood seemed to have a huge playset, but we brought ours from SoCal and it barely fit in our backyard there. We weren't about to purchase a new playset since the girls would only be using it for a few years at best.
When the girls grew out of playing on the playset, Mr DIY installed a paver patio in it's place.
We originally had two paths in the woods that went all the way to the other side of the yard.
Several years later we combined the paths to make one larger one. It made getting the lawn tractor through to the woods a little easier.
A few years ago, we moved my playhouse up about 35 feet and moved the path, as well. Here's a photo taken at the same spot last week.
These photos are of the same spot in theack yard and show how the yard looked then and now:
4 years ago we built some raised veggie beds on the South side of the house after taking out some large loropetalum shrubs that we grew tired of trimming twice a year.
You can read about that HERE.
The following year Mr. DIY built some raised beds on the North side of the yard. You can read about these raised beds HERE.
As you can see, our yard is ever changing to suit our needs. I'm always moving plants around and digging in the dirt.
Do you love to garden and change things up in your yard, or does it stay the same every year?
Hope you're having a fun weekend.