Our weather has been crazy this year. Mother Nature has thrown a little bit of everything at us this month, including snow! This week I was super happy to get outside and do some serious yard work which included the start of my big xeriscape project. I'm going for low water/maintenance, not no water/maintenance. This has been a project I've wanted to do for years and after a lot of research, thinking over a ton of different ideas and some planning I was all set to do it, last year. Demolition started and then came to an abrupt halt leaving my yard a Class A disaster. It looked HORRIBLE! Embarrassingly , horrible.
Prior we had grass, but due to the large shade trees it never did grow very well. Lots of balds spots requiring reseeding, plus the fertilizers and weed control chemicals. I didn't like wasting the amount of money, water and effort to try to maintain a mediocre lawn, it felt really wasteful of both time and resources. I needed to make a drastic change. So I started tearing out the lawn and getting it ready for a big redo, but I only got halfway. Fortunately, my chickens helped me out and they finished what I could not. Thank you ladies!
Initial plans had to change because I'm retired so there is not much of a budget to complete this project. I'm not worried though because I'm using what I already have on hand as well as a miniscule budget and some gift cards to get a lot of this kicked off. And hopefully some FREE or low cost stuff from Facebook will help out too. My youngest daughter bought me a Korean lilac bush for the yard and my oldest gave me a Home Depot gift card to buy more stuff, both were for Mother's Day.
I am so happy with the progress so far
The entire landscape plan runs from the curb at the end of our driveway to the backyard fenceline so it is a pretty huge project overall, but I'm eating this elephant one bit at a time, working in sections and once it is to my liking I am moving on to the next one. For the first time since purchasing my home I am finally going to have the yard I've always dreamed about and imagined in my mind. So far it is turning out as I had hoped and I couldn't be happier. I'll keep you updated on my progress as I work on it.