I have pretty much had to come to the conclusion that next year the yard is going to be a little ugly. Things are having to be ripped back to bare bones so that some order can be brought to the chaos. It’s really frustrating, I want to have a groomed, attractive yard and garden, but the ‘planning’ portion is terrifying. I haven’t ever done any landscaping or planning to this extent. I worry that it’s going to end up being really amateur and clunky.

So far we have clipped back the rhododendron and the lilacs that were horribly overgrown. Underneath we discovered dahlias and a bunch of other flowering plants that I don’t remember the names of right now. And a brick edging is going to take me a while to fully uncover. I’ve ripped out some ‘squirrel trees’ and trimmed back the roses.

I still keep going back and forth on whether I want raised beds or not for my garden next year.

So some of the work so far..






I’ve been putting in bark, it’s going to be a long process. But i just have to keep reminding myself it’s a long term project.