The "landscaping" was new at some point, but is now mostly dead and full of weeds. I would call the gardening style in place here: "Neglect".
If you dig through the concrete dirt in some places, you might find ancient petrified bark mulch. I felt like I was gardening in the desert.
Saturday's project was to make this area look nice, but since it is a rental, not to spend a lot of money either. The landlord said we could do whatever we wanted, but this was going to be on the cheap.
The backyard garden space was approximately 27' x 9'.
|The grass, clover and other weeds on the right.|
|The left side - at least most of the grass was dead and gone over here.|
|Someone left the frog as a present.|
The "flowerbed" is on the left and the "grass" on the right. We opted to pull out the concrete edging and make the space all the same.
|The only tree in the yard. I found the twin's dead stump cut off at the ground in the weeds in the grass.|
|Rosmarinus officinalis 'Barbeque', Salvia officinalis 'Icterina', Origanum vugare, Chives|
|OMG - Soooo much better.|
|We ran out of the first round bark. Four of the scalloped edges went around the tree with a bag of red volcano rock he just happened to have. I forgot to take a picture of that.|
|Rose of Sharon? Hopefully some water will bring you back!|
|View of the seating and BBQ area.|
On Sunday, Joe went back to Home Depot and came home with 9 additional bags of RED mulch. Apparently there was a run on the brown and they were out. So, we had a change in color scheme! With some sun and age it will all fade anyway.
|Red over brown.|
|The Larch in the corner was a nameless freebee - I have no idea how big it will get. I'll keep an eye on it!|
|Just needs a good wet down to settle everything in.|
A few concrete stepping stones ($1 each) and a few new solar lights. I think he spent $60 on bark, $12 on pavers and $20 on a few more lights.
I gifted Joe the herbs and the lovely Larch was a freebee from the first open garden he attended with me at Jane's garden. We don't know the name of it, but hopefully he won't still be renting there if/when it gets huge!
In the future, if he wants more plants/flowers, there is room for more, but for now it is low maintenance, easy and looks pretty. The open area in the front of the pavers allows for more chairs without sitting in the landscaping.
Some spot weeding when weeds pop up will be needed, watering the herbs daily until they are established and watering the tree occasionally to make it less stressed.
In 6 hours and for about $100 we created a backyard paradise. Well, perhaps not quite paradise, but to Joe it is.