This summer has included a few major yard projects at my parent’s house in Salem and since I love working outside, I volunteered to help out. I’m horrible at remembering to take before and after photos so the best thing I can do to show you the work we did in the yard is to show the other side of the yard:
Overgrown trees, encroaching blackberries and general chaos was pretty much the theme on the opposite side of the yard. By purchasing a ton of groupons and the like, my mom was able to buy a truckload of new plants to completely redo the yard. Here’s the after:
My mom locally sourced *free* bark to cover her landscape fabric from a program that recycles yard debris with troubled youth. Mom also used an old sewing machine treadle base with a rescued wood plank on top to create a little table (see bottom left). Grandma donated the wire ice cream chairs and the GIANT arbor that you can barely see behind the fire pit was a Portland craigslist score. Originally the seller wanted $50 but when they found out the $25 cost to my parent’s of renting a trailer because the darn thing was so big, they dropped the price to $25! In order to set-up the plants, we carefully researched the mature size of each and labeled them with huge signs so we could arrange the tall in back and shorter in front. Dad chainsawed the trimmings from all the limbs we cut in order to make wooden stepping stones that you can see in the top photo.
Years ago, my mom tried to plant this part of the yard with shade loving plants and everything died. It was only later that she realized the noon sun cuts right under the trees and the whole area is much friendlier to part-sun/full sun plants. Voila. The plants are doing great and I can’t wait for the yard to grow in!