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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: The State of Our Yard

With summer officially about to begin, and year after buying our home, we thought it prudent to share with you  the state of one of our most frustrating and fun projects: the Yard.

Our home was apparently once a feature stop on local garden tours. Its previous owners had spent decades crafting a beautiful space, but at some point they decided to let it all go. Consequently, when we moved in, the yard was two tigers short of a jungle.

It’s still jungly in places, but we’ve come a long way. Let’s take a look at two areas we’ve worked on this spring, as well as give you an overview of what we’d still like to do.

Driveway TLC

Flanking our driveway was a raised garden bed, fence and some trees. The fence was in desperate need of repair, and served little purpose. I began to tear it down in March, hence the lack of foliage in this shot.


With the fence gone, we decided we wanted to keep the beds. Or rather, at this point it was the easiest solution. Maybe down the road we’ll totally revamp this space. But we just needed to clean it up for now. Eventually, we’d like to completely redo that entire front porch area.


Avert your eyes from the weeds and woeful state of the driveway itself. It’s also on the list of to-do’s!


We removed the rocks, a spindly tree, miscellaneous debris, and added some red mulch, a planter with flowers, and some heather. The aim was to keep it clean, and low maintenance, while still brightening up a very grey space.


In time, we hope the heather will be big and bold with yellows and purples to colour the beds.


Deal with Riotous Foliage and Redundant Fences

A quaint gate separates our front and backyards. Unfortunately, as soon as you walked through the gate, you were faced with this…


That was last summer. (We’ll give you a moment to take this all in. At one point, this was the ‘lesser jungle’ if that gives you a sense of what we were dealing with all through the yard.)

Now we have nothing against lush foliage, but this was just scary. Once all the greenery grew in, the path to the back was almost non-existent. Also, that fence served no purpose. It was just a dumb, random wall. If you know us, you know we like open and inviting, right?

This spring, I demolished the unnecessary fence, and went to town removing the weeds and roots  before all the new growth took hold.


We put red mulch down, and found some cool Euonymus plants to put in between the trees. In the process we also widened the path considerably! The squarish bed at the bottom remains empty for now. We want to plan out some nice perennials to put there – maybe next year.

Now we’re presented with a new challenge: the path! It’s bare soil, so when it rains it can get quite muddy. How should we address this? Plant grass? Cover it all with gravel? We feel like it’d look weird for it all to be gravel.

For your consideration:


That gives you a sense of how things look now. What do you think we should do? Help dear reader! Help!

What’s Next?

In part two, we’re talking all things lawn. It won’t be a yawn.

In part three we’re going to take a look at how to deal with the jungliest part yet. The dreaded area behind the shed…notwithstanding the fact that the shed needs a new roof, walls, floor and porch.

Any thoughts on how to detangle and reclaim THIS mess? Any other overall suggestions vis a vis the jungly jungle?


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