Each spring/summer I take on a couple of yard projects to supplement my compost bin and accessories business. Last year the big project was my mother’s paver patio and this year I have decided to tackle a full yard reclamation and landscaping project for a family friend. The residence is in downtown Salt Lake City and the yard is the usual mature plantings which have gotten out of control. Like most people I can spend a lot of money on yard projects but that is not everyone’s style or financial ability. This yard project will include a new sprinkling system and some store bought materials, but the majority of the work will involve reusing materials and simple pruning and landscaping.
The first task I decided to tackle was a simple front yard clean-up, pruning and the placement of reclaimed chimney brick for edging. I spent approximately five hours on the front yard and I spent exactly zero in supplies. There is still some rose pruning, weeding and installation of some new plantings but the homeowner did not want me to touch her roses until they finish blooming in the fall at which time I will cut them back to about a foot tall. The above right picture shows a pioneer heritage rose that was reportedly brought by the early Utah settlers so I need to be very careful pruning that bush.
Hope the pictures capture the simplicity of this project and that you can make your yard much more visually appealing with a little elbow grease and know how.
I have an elderly neighbor who I don’t see outside very often. She has a very overgrown yard and yesterday I saw her outside pondering what to do. I think I will pitch in and give her a hand. It’s fun to use my creativity with a pair of pruners in hand and I am sure she will appreciate a little help. Hope this post provides some hope and inspiration to those who feel overwhelmed. It’s not nearly as bad as it looks.