We have lived in our home for about 8 1/2 years, and in that time the yard has been a major pain. Part of the problem was deciding what we wanted to do, the other part was having any money. Then an extremely cheap opportunity fell into my lap.
We have already put in a better sprinkling system, a new (a few years ago) lawn, and better trees (we got rid of an ugly pine tree and put in maples). I still want to put in a sidewalk and a fence, and of course an actual driveway.
The area that has really been bugging me were the flower beds. How do we keep the weeds out? How do we border them inexpensively? What do we put there?
This isn't a great before photo, but this is the best that I have of the beds a total mess.
Enter the cheap opportunity... Bricks! Matt is redoing our roof and removing an unused chimney, meaning loads of free bricks. Yay, and most of it matches the house. I was so excited to have the financial problem out of the way, but I still had to do the work...ugh.
I buckled down and got the work done. We used layers of newspaper for the weed barrier (a trick I learned years ago, about four layers of wet news paper keeps weeds down for about 12-18 months) also free. I edged it in my free brick and put down an inexpensive mulch.
Yes, they are bare and desolate but I am not sure what I want to plant yet. The weeds will be kept at bay until next year when I can decide, and have more money. For now, they look so much better and I can breath easy.
I am so pleased with how they turned out. I love how good the red mulch matches the house.
There is always more work to do, but it is looking better.