Before we moved into our house, it had been empty for a year in a half. Combine that with the fact that things around here grow REALLY fast, and we definitely learned how to clean up a garden! Before the house was empty, you can tell the garden was very well cared for- the bed were sectioned off with railroad ties and we found lots of plant markers. The befores look like a jungle- the afters are so much better! (The pictures below are pretty much all befores ad afters- not each step!)
Step 1: Take pictures of the befores! Dan loves to mulch- he is definitely in to instant gratification, and mulching will do that for you. So this is the internet version!
Back yard below screened in porch before:
After (we planted two Viburbun bushes- fingers crossed they grow well!)
Step 2: Weed, weed, and more weeding. We probably weeded for 3 days. Then we bought some weed killer and weeded some more.
And after (the hydrangea still needs to be pruned- and hopefully divided!):
Step 3: Divide, move or remove plants. Some of our plants were getting too big, so we divided them up (make sure to check and see when you should do this for your plant- our hydrangea is huge, but shouldn’t be divided until the fall). Some plants were too close to the house and needed to be moved forward. Others were just not working for the layout, so we removed them completely.
Side yard before:
And after (this side is going to eventually be lots of peonies- there are 2 bushes there now and Dad is going to bring me some of his amazing bushes! We also planted a Crepe Myrtle tree- but its just a baby!)
Step 4: Prune- we cut back trees and trimmed up bushes. Again this will depend on the plant, so don’t make it mad!
Before: Deck side of backyard
And after (we planted a Crepe Myrtle bush back here… never had one of those! Also we took the lattice off the top of the deck and moved it to the bottom so the pups can’t get under the deck):
Step 5: Now you should have a clean slate- with only the plants that are you keeping. Decide if you have holes and need to buy new plants or if you will divide other plants up later in the season.
Before: Front yard
After (yes our hydrangea is the best thing ever! I want to divide it and make the whole front garden hydrangeas! I am terrible at landscape- I often just put a bunch of the same plants together- oops!)
Step 6: Plant and mulch- purchase new plants if necessary and put them in the ground.
We also added this nifty hose:
Wo knows how long is will stay nicely coiled like that, but it is worth a shot!
Whew, that was a lot of work. Thanks to my dad for doing a LOT of the weeding and Dan for doing most of the mulching! Our yard looks lived in again! Now we just have to keep everything weeded!