May 8, 2011

Major Yard Work

Whew, I'm back!  Things have finally slowed down around here and we're starting on projects that have been on the to-do list for awhile.  Last weekend was a doozy.  We started on a not-so-fun project that involved 20 tons of dirt, numerous trucks and trailers, a tractor, and a lot of sweat and hard work.  The area around our house was sloped toward the foundation, so when it rained, the water ran toward our house instead of away.  Not good.  We had to add several feet of dirt around our house which meant taking out all the existing landscaping.  This was a hard pill for me to swallow.  I have a difficult time parting with perfectly healthy plants and shrubs, especially when new ones are a little pricey!  

I'm very thankful that my sister-in-law is a landscape designer and designed a custom plan for us.  We would have been lost without her expertise. Thanks, Kylea!  I'm also thankful for my husband's family and all the help they provided.  We couldn't have done it without them.

Here's the before:





We still have a lot of work left!  
I'll post an after shot once we have everything planted.  


Linked to Anything Goes @ Decor Chick

14 comments:

Wendy said...

Emily,
It sounds like you have been very busy! Tony would be in love with that tractor in your garage! Can't wait to see your after pictures, it looks like some pretty plants will be finding a new home!
Wendy

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

Wow Emily - That looks like a lot of work!! Sounds like it'll be worth it though. :) I am glad things are quieting down. We need to catch up!! :)

Amy Kinser said...

I love outdoor cleanup and pretty up projects. Have fun and hope all goes well! Happy day to you.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

That's some HARD work! But, well worth it in the end. Look forward to seeing the finished project! blessings ~ tanna

the cape on the corner said...

oh my gosh, that looks great already! the real "after" is gonna look fab. that is what i need, a landscape architect or designer, to look at my place. indoors, i'm fine imagining and decorating, but outdoors i just can't "see" what to do. bah!

Rachelle said...

It looks so pretty already! I can't wait to see the finished photos. :)

xo

Decorchick! said...

Gosh Emily that looks so great! Can't wait to see everything planted. That must have been a LOT of work!

Kristen said...

Wow Emily! You've been busy. I love the way new landscaping can completely transform the way your house looks. I can't wait to see it when you're done!

Ashley@ DesignBuildLove.co said...

exciting! We are totally in the process of re-doing our front landscaping too! Your's looks great so far! Can't wait to see the results!

Popcorn Served Daily said...

So far so good! Just think, if you were in Az. you would be laying out 20 tons of landscaping rock! ha ha I'd take the grass and shrubs any day.

Take care,

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

Wow...what a difference already! And lots and lots of work! Can't wait to see it in all of its glory!

Cindy said...

Looking good, I'm sure it will be well worth all your hard work! Thanks so much for visiting and for your sweet comments! Hope your week is wonderful.
Blessings,
Cindy

To The Moon and Back said...

Looks lovely so far! Can't wait to see it all done.

Samara Link said...

Look at you go! That does look like a lotta work, but it'll be so nice when it's finished. Yes, it is a bummer you had to remove such perfectly good bushes. Were you at least able to replant them elsewhere? Hope so!