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Spring cleanup has officially started here at our home. Cleaning out the flower beds, edging and adding fresh mulch are three easy tasks to add curb appeal to your home. I find that it’s easier to get this process started prior to memorial day because once school starts to wind down and the warmer weather arrives, my motivation level for yard work tends to decrease. It’s kind of like decorating a room. All the renovation work gets done first and then the fun part of decorating and accessorizing is the last step. My mom and I love to plant our annuals during the memorial day weekend, this is the decorating and accessorizing part of curb appeal in my mind.
Our backyard has few flower beds that I think this idea of stone edging would look perfect.
Here is our flower bed in the back yard that we finished edging and mulching yesterday. Don’t you think this stone edge idea would look great? They hydrangeas and hosta are starting to come up which tend to protrude a bit into the flower bed once they bloom but I think there would be enough room to add a 1 foot stone edge.
We used a traditional edger to edge around the flower beds. Since we moved in, in 2008, the flower beds have quadrupled. My dad would have just grass with the least amount of maintenance as possible. I will never forget in 2009 when I started ripping up the back yard (this flower bed above) and adding a winding flower bed that led from the door to the patio. He about lost his mind! His first words were, “what did you do?!” He didn’t care that I ripped up the yard, he wanted to make sure that I knew, he was not taking care of it. ha. I agreed to maintain and keep the flower beds weed free and looking pretty. They are a lot of maintenance but well worth it in my mind. Landscaping is what separates the average house from a phenomenal house in my mind. Here is another shot leading to the patio.
This flower bed is in the front of the house and has a beautiful crab apple tree surrounded by tulips that my mom planted a couple years ago. She plans on adding some annuals in a few weeks to brighten it up.
I took these pictures this morning as the sun was coming up. My grandfather said, “don’t even tell me you are taking these pictures for the blog.” Why yes I am gramp! I know that a professional photographer would probably shun these pictures but I love how a landscape looks with the sun peaking through the trees. We still have so much more work to do but getting 9+ yards of mulch spread puts us over the half way mark. ha!
This is the pool area above and the kids swing set area edged, mulch and cleaned up. Thank goodness the mulch is done! Has anyone started their curb appeal projects for the spring yet? Today is a great day to get started right? ha. Hope you all enjoy your Sunday. We are headed to a baseball parade and hopefully getting a little more yard work completed. Enjoy!