I'm later posting today as my youngest kiddo was up in the night with a belly bug. Never fun. I guess the season of germs and sickness has already begun - ugh!
But I'd been meaning, for a while now, to get to my landscaping photos so I could edit them a bit and show you what was accomplished for this year. We have more plans for next year, but the company that did our job got to it very late summer (really more like early Fall), so some thing will have to wait. They did an excellent job and we were very happy with their work! They will be back in the Spring to finish another side of the house and some other small projects. But I'm excited to show you what was accomplished so far! Get ready as it's a photo loaded post. Grab your hot tea or cider and snuggle in and hope you enjoy.
My daughter and her friend last Halloween (Annie was the Eiffel Tower). Here's a pic of the old gray pavers that were part of the front door patio area when we bought the house. They were old and faded and lots of grassy areas had started to grow in between them.
Here are some more photos from last Halloween time to give you a general idea about the front of our house and how our landscaping was then. I love how you can see in the 2nd photo how lovely it looks after my hubby leaf blows. The problem is until ALL the leaves are down off the trees it will go back to looking like the 3rd photo within an hour. Lol
Last year we had a new roof put on (needed it badly) and we did stone on the chimney to match the stone we had put on the lower part of the house. Our house formerly had 1970's looking orange, brown and yellow brick. We changed it to the stone to give it more of the lake cottage home we were going for.
Here's another look at the old gray front patio pavers.
the mess...er I mean the progress begins - here they were starting on our new paver path.
These are photos of the new pavers before they had the filler (sand like grout) added in between.
They took out the old shrubs, as some were dead and the rest overgrown. Time to start fresh.
When my hubby and I first moved here we about 9 years ago we changed some landscaping ourselves and planted many new shrubs then. We did a mulch type filler. But over the years we started having such ant problems that we had an exterminator come last summer. He told us the carpenter ants loved our mulch. So mulch go bye bye and now we picked this river rock for filler.
You can see in this before pic (do you like our spooky eyes last halloween? they even lit up. Lol) how my hubby and I had made retaining walls in the front with stone bricks that matched our house stone. The landscape expert told us he thought we should remove these, as they weren't really retaining anything....and with the new path he would put down it would have a nice wide border on each side and would make it look cleaner. I'm glad we listened to him as I like the result much better as you can see in next photo.
some of this is wet look right after shrubs were watered.