I recently explained how my yard looks like it’s been through the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Well, the embarrassment finally became too much for me and I got to work on some baby steps last week that will, hopefully, help improve the look of the landscape around here.
We have a lamppost in our front yard that is supposed to have some beautiful shrubs surrounding it. This is what it looked like:
First I removed the ornamental grass because it gets huge and out of control every year and blocks the light from the lamppost. In its place, I planted a green, leafy evergreen shrub that was growing all by its lonesome in our backyard. Then I cleaned out the leaves and debris from around the rocks, did some trimming and this is what it looks like now:
I also decided to spruce up the lamppost a little. The middle section was faded from the sun, so I spray-painted the ends in oil-rubbed bronze and hung a garden flag from it.
Total cost of this makeover? Zero dollars! Honestly, there is still so much work to be done in our yard. But at least I’m making small improvements, right? Plus it’s hard to get much done with all the hula dancing going on around here: