Below is our landscaping plan!!
This design is so pretty I want to frame it. I just may.
Kyle's gracious uncle is a landscape architect, so he and his company drew us up a 4-phase landscaping design for our entire property. We feel spoiled. Very spoiled.
Here's a little peek of the plants included:
I've talked about our future in landscaping adventures already. As a reference point, this is what the house looked like when we moved in. You may be seeing this picture a lot, since it's one of the only "befores" that I have that doesn't include trash bins, work vehicles and project stations scattered throughout.
And here's the back:
(That random pole is the dog run that the previous owners installed. I thought we could use it once in a while for Maizy, but she wants nothing to do with the torture of being tied up and not being able to chase the squirrels. We're removing it this weekend.)
It's pretty BLAH, right? I think so.
Mostly due to the lack of trees and plants, as well as the brown color. I must admit that the brown doesn't bother me nearly as much since the grass as turned green and the few bigger trees in the yard have bloomed.
Each evening seems like a new project outside, which is wonderful since the weather has been perfect for digging up weeds, moving bricks and mowing the lawn. It's also been a great way to keep talking about how we are going to approach The "VK Landscape Plan 2.0."
Here's a bit of our thought process as we decide how to move forward, what to do now vs. later, and where we want our resources to go.
1) We want the front finished first. The front is bare as a baby's bottom and frankly, just homely. It's time to spruce that baby up.
2) Our return on investment; we are 99.9% sure that this is not our forever home. So we really have to weigh the cost of landscaping vs. the return. We don't want to invest an outrageous amount of money into something that we can only enjoy for a very limited time.
3) The maturity of the plants. Since we do need to base a lot of decisions on long-term plans, we want trees and plants that we can enjoy this year or next year, not slow-growing that we may never reep the benefits of.
4) DIY vs. Hiring out. Right now, this is the one we continue to go back and forth on. Kyle, being "Dutch," is all about doing it ourselves :) I'm learning towards the more realistic approach. It comes down to lack of time. At some point, we need to be realistic about how we want to spend the limited free time we have. We both really enjoy making our home ours, getting our hands dirty and learning along the way. However, Kyle is about to start the most difficult and time consuming year of residency. We're trying to find that balance between what we can do ourselves and what is best to hire out (aka - I have no interest in attempting to move and plant a 400 lb tree.)
I think it's going to come down to us doing some parts, and hiring out for others. Compromise.
In the mean time, we'll be finishing up our new fire pit, planting our garden and getting rid of the plant bed in the front yard! Lots more to come :)
Have you ever landscaped your yard?! Did you do it all yourself, hire a company to do it all, or some mix in between?!