State of the Yard

Posted by John on April 17th, 2012

We don’t have green thumbs.  Our lawn probably is never going to be the nicest on the block.  But, that doesn’t mean we can’t try right?  It’s April and while we should probably be thinking about some outdoor projects soon, we’re still going to be working on some indoor stuff for a while.  Late last summer we beefed up our flower beds and added a drip irrigation system to keep our plants from dying.  That was kinda ambitious.  This outdoor season we’re not planning on being very ambitious at all.  We may add some…. what do you call them… “plants” to our existing beds.. maybe some more mulch.  Here’s the current state of the front yard.

It looked so nice in the fall right after we planted everything. Fresh mulch too.

Here’s the flower bed on the side of the house.

and right after we planted it…

It’s in need of some attention…

The front looks about the same…

Some of the weed barrier has become exposed and that grass looks pretty ratty.

In its glory days while I was adding the drip irrigation system.

We clearly need to add some more mulch, but we’re probably just going to use a landscaper to top us off.  I mulched all the flower beds last year and I don’t feel like having a giant pile of mulch in my yard again this year…

The grass is in just as crappy shape.  We don’t have a sprinkler system installed for the entire yard and we don’t really plan on adding one quite yet.  They can be a nice chunk of change.  I really need to seed more often.

The whole strip between the sidewalk and the road is the worst.  I need to till it all up and start over.  I’d really like to do something near the mailbox as well.

This weekend I finally had a chance to fertilize using a corn gluten based product.  Corn gluten is a kid/pet safe fertilizer that is organic instead of the traditional chemical weed killer.  It’s actually pretty effective against weeds despite it’s kid safe nature.

It only kills pre-emergent weeds and not already grown weeds, but it’s better than nothing if you’re trying to stay organic.  Since it prevents weeds from germinating, you can’t seed your yard until after about 6 weeks or the corn gluten will prevent them from growing as well.  I’ll keep you posted on how it works.

Any outdoor plans on your to-do list?


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  • I think it looks great… we don't have green thumbs either but I would love to plant tomatoes and other vegetables, so we've thought about installing an irrigation system, too. Thanks for linking to your other post, it'll definitely come in handy!
    And our patio is bigger than our entire apartment, so when spring comes we always have outdoor projects in mind 😉

    • John_OHFScratch

      Yeah you guys have a pretty sweet patio. We need to start gardening soon as well… at the very least, we need to get cracking on a compost bin.

  • Kristen

    Okay, is it weird that in that photo of your lawn (third from the bottom) made me think, "hmm, I wonder if there are any four-leaf clovers in there?". I'm always on the hunt for them.

    Anyway, I'll be honest – landscaping is not something I'm really looking forward to when we end up buying a house, but I know Joe wants to get one of those pusher mowers (not the gas ones) so I'm sure he'll be happy to know that there's an organic weed killer out there (I am, too).

    • John_OHFScratch

      That\’s funny. We have a ton of clovers! I\’m sure there are some four leaved ones in there as well.

      Joe wants to get an electric mower? The mowers they have nowadays are pretty nice compared to the older electric units.

  • Our front yard is mud. Sooooo yeah, we've got some work ahead of us. 😉

    • John_OHFScratch

      Haha. Yeah, but you have a new house so that\’s ok.

  • I don't think it looks bad at all! Our front yard is a combo of sand, weeds, and a tiny bit of grass. We've talked about the irrigation system as well, but you're right….flippin expensive!

  • We haven't done too much work to the yard, but we are in desperate need of some mulch! Jesse is planning on planting grass in the fall, so hopefully we'll have a beautiful grassy lawn next spring. We also want to redo our patio, hopefully this summer but it may have to wait for next year.

    • John_OHFScratch

      I should\’ve seeded in the fall myself, but I never got around to it.

  • We need to plant some more bushes around the house. We planted a lot the first year and haven't done much since. And mulch…….lots of mulch.

    Boo to yard work!

  • casadechristine

    I never realized how much work it is to keep your lawn and gardens looking nice until we bought our place. Of course we moved into a neighbourhood where every house has a golf green for a lawn so the pressure is on! We plan to mulch and edge all of our gardens this year – bought the supplies last year just didn't get a chance to get around to it!

    We just fertilized and seeded our lawn this past weekend- we've had to wash the pups paws every time she comes in though. I'll keep the organic stuff in mind for next year!

    • John_OHFScratch

      It's soooo much work. and it never ends either!