Hello all! If you didn't see my intro, my husband and I are recently married and bought this house last summer. The people that lived here before us seem to have been pretty serious gardeners. The only problem is that they were out of the house about 2 years before we bought it. So, needless to say, it was pretty severely overgrown when we bought it. I moved in after we were married, around August so by then the growing season had created a jungle in our back yard.
Here's some picture from last season before we did much of anything.
That overgrown monstrosity is an out of control ornamental plum tree....pretty much a pain.
Wall of roses in the back amidst weeds
Then my parent came and pretty much pulled out, cut back and made the yard presentable.
There is also a pretty well developed side yard and front planting spot that are pretty well developed. Those pics I'll post later.
We live in "city"...our lot is small which means it's reasonably affordable to do most things. Last year I made the mistake of trying to build on a poor foundation...I think the solution to our yard is to hit it hard this year. Here is a list of the projects I want to do...let me know what you think! I plan on getting a bunch of people together at the end of March and doing a complete overhaul on the landscape.
1. Cut the plum tree down. All it does is drop fruit on my patio and in the bed and attract ants.
2. Prune peach tree (to the right of the patio). Not sure of the best time to do this. I'm not looking for the tree to produce a good yield of fruit this year.
3. Cut the metal down. You probably can't see in the picture but much of the yard is covered in metal. There's a chicken wire roof over the right garden bed...we have a problem with cats and I think they were trying to keep them out...it doesn't work.
4. Rock out, mulch in. My goal here is to get rid of the landscape fabric. My soil is clay and all its doing I making it impossible to pull weeds and plant new things. I've read that wood mulch can break down and help your soil.
5. Replant the lawn. Next chance I get I'll take some pictures of the yard now...but the lawn is a real challenge. It's pretty much all weeds now.
6. Plant a little vegetable garden. Seeds are on their way to my house!
So...thoughts, suggestions, questions?