Last post I said we were going to get some landscaping done. It's been on the radar for a while, but we are hosting the youth group Friday night and that was what actually kicked it in gear- thank goodness! I love doing house stuff with my husband. There is nothing like the feeling of working together to dream something up, having fun doing it (me coming up with some creative way to either get it cheap, discounted, or free!), and stepping back to say, "Dang! We done good!". We didn't do that much yesterday, but it made a huge difference. Here are some before, during, and after pictures:
|Before: March-ish. Nothing but patches of dead grass.|
|Still before- but we planted 5 bushes. We needed a 6th, but never had the chance to go get it. They sat. Like this. So ugly and neglected. Still, dead grass.|
|We bought some stones, another bush, and 8 bags of Cypress mulch. Hard workin man I have!|
|What I guy (and a looker!). Love him!|
|Finito! I love it. Yes, we need to trim with the edger- or weedeater- whatever it's called. Disregard the condition of our lawn!|
|Yep, we still have dead grass. The weeds are also taking over our lawn and patio. I did some serious spraying the other day, but I think it needs another round. Gah! I hate not having a plush lawn!|
|Rose bushes up front. Before- needing mulch. After- has mulch. Not huge, but a little facelift for sure.|
If there is anything I have learned since becoming a homeowner, it's that my "perfect house" is a work. in. progress. It won't happen overnight or in a long weekend. It take time, savings, and hard work. I've learned to take my time and do it the right way, not the fast way, and we are loving every minute of it!
How much did this all cost me you ask?
Well, for 6 bushes, 8 bags of mulch, and 24 fourteen-pound stones, I paid.... $30!
Blue Cross Blue Shield KC has a bangin rewards program where you get online and log your exercise for points. Once you hit 25,000 points, you get a $25 gift card of your choice! We either choose Home Depot or Visa Prepaid to use anywhere. We had $65 in cards, which paid for the stones and mulch. $30 was for our little bushes.
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