This I what our house looked like the day we moved in.
See that big tree there to the left? She has the distinction of being the biggest tree in our entire development! She's such a queen. You can see our tree from the coffee shop, you can even see our tree from my new office four blocks away.
That tree is a beauty. But she causes all sorts of havoc in the front yard.
She's fun because she is the perfect playground for our squirrel family. We had a really friendly one that Jeff managed to hand feed. We called her Squeaks and we loved her (for about two months). Any-who, Squeaks family v.2, v.3 and v.4 have continued to enjoy our very shady lady.
The first year we lived here we were blending a very large family and learning to live together while trying to deal with stressors related to cross country moves and divorces. We were horrible gardeners! After about a year of neglect, the front of the house looked like this:
Oh, man. What a mess.
The addition of the adorable sick kid and blooming flowers make this look much better than it was. What a wreak! See that bent rain gutter barely hanging on? So sad. And the dirt that was grass to the right of the path? Ugh! It became a hard packed dirt wasteland in our neglect.
So here is where our work began. We started by attempting not one, not two, but THREE TIMES to seed that little patch of worn ground. We finally decided to go ahead and mulch it. We also built a retaining wall to hold up some of that surface dirt and mulch that was being eroded right into our street each time it rained. A fix to the rain gutter and a fresh coat of paint on the front door, and our little abode has started looking MUCH BETTER.
Our mulched yard and retaining wall last spring
Here it is today, with some fresh ground cover in front (please grow!) and pretty pink flowers between the boxwoods
So, now we don't have the WORST house on the block. We aren't quite so eager to run from the car to the front door as we were when we were in hiding from the neighbors. We kind of love the way it looks out front now. At least, for now! There are plenty more updates to do to the yard here, but for now, this is good.