Be prepared to be in awe….well maybe not so much. But our back yard make over is still pretty awesome in my books and I am in awe by the transformation that we were able to accomplish with some hard work and at minimal expense.
Let’s take a look at a before picture, this blast from the past was taken last year, and as you can tell our back yard was not very functional or attractive.
So what to do? What to do? What to do?
First thing was to get rid of a couple of eye sores like this bush that was overtaking everything around it.
Now you see it…..
Now you don’t…
Next was the stone wall that separated our yard into two levels. I am still perplexed as to why this was added. At one point I even tried to plant some hasta at the top, or flowers that would cascade but nothing ever turned out and after a while I just gave up trying to beautify this portion of our yard.
This was a little more intensive than just ripping out a bush with a truck. Those stones were bigger and heavier than I originally thought, not to mention a whole lot more than I thought.
We did get to take a quick break to meet a new friend who we promptly named Banana even though he was orange.
Now for the contouring step. After much thought and deliberation we decided to slope the yard a little and create a wrap around driveway. This is where Jason worked his magic and used a little John Deer to transform the yard into something we could actually use.
Here are some before pictures:
And now for the transformation.
You can really see how it will look now.
Here Jason decided to widen out our driveway a little which was much appreciated by yours truly.
Add a dash of gravel and voila!
This was all done while I was gone to my mom’s for the weekend. When I came back, I couldn’t believe the transformation. He also added four little maple trees (three lining the driveway) and one closer to the back. They will look gorgeous when they grow larger.
We are in the process of re-seeding the entire yard and then adding some finishing touches, such as flowers, more mulch, and maybe a DIY stone fire pit (after all we have all those stones. might as well use them). So stay tuned for more progress pics.
In the meantime, tell me what you think of this makeover? Was it an improvement? What would you have done differently? What finishing touches would you add?