Spring Project – Backyard

Spring is in full swing in Atlanta. We’ve had wonderful weather lately – the kind that makes you want to sit outside with a book in the sun…OR roll up your sleeves and get to work in the yard. We rent a cute apartment, which is half of a duplexed ranch house. We have a nice screened in porch and yard in the front, but ever since we moved in, I have absolutely refused to venture into the backyard. It was a JUNGLE out there. Anyone reading this who has visited our cute house was either guided away from noticing the yard, or asked to gawk disapprovingly at it with us.

Sounds harsh, maybe…but seriously it was the most atrocious outdoor space ever. It looked like this…

It was full of ivy, poison and otherwise, and probably snakes and all kinds of other gnarly creatures. Well, as soon as the spring weather came to town, we’ve been working ourselves to death. We looked out there with hesitant eyes and decided that maybe just maybe it could be awesome one day. We started mapping out a plan and exploring the options. In the process we filled 19 yard bags and hauled off a tree (or three) worth of dead limbs and branches.

The first few bags and limbs...

While digging and clearing, we found a bunch of pieces of slate and about a million old bricks. We decided to build a slate path and a brick patio and path, where we’ll eventually put a grill. We defined a flower bed around a prominent tree, and filled it with cedar mulch. We rebuilt a dilapidated fire pit and started planning where to plant flowers and shrubs.  Although we have an enormous amount of work left to do, we’re feeling very proud of ourselves at the moment. It’s going to be a very fun summer – with lots of evenings and weekends spent in the backyard – especially once we actually purchase a grill.

Have you tackled or planned any spring cleaning projects? We’d love to hear about them!

Happy spring!

Oh, and Happy St. Patty’s day! In 2010 we made some awesome chocolate cupcakes with Guinness…which we think you should try this year. ♣

5 responses to “Spring Project – Backyard

  1. Oh my goodness! I thought the “after” photo was of someone else’s yard you were using for inspiration! You did an amazing job! (MK, if the whole advertising thing doesn’t work out, I see landscaping in your future…)

    Have a great weekend!

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