Landscaping on a Budget: part 1

One of the big items on my to-do list this spring is to clean up my front and back gardens as well as set up a container veggie patch. The thing is that both my time and funds are at a premium. 

  Before: front bed

Before: front bed

Our first step at this point is to clear the front bed of the tangle of hyacinth, iris and weeds as well as two diseased roses. We also plan to extend the bed a bit because the grass doesn't seem to grow much in that corner and really delineate the bed with the rocks. The hyacinth and iris aren't so difficult to dig out, there was just a ton of it! The roses, however were a much different story. It was a huge beast to remove to begin with not to mention the root system of the larger one spans much of the yard. Once we realized this, we opted to cut the roots down as far as possible and hope it won't come back. This took the two of us about 2 hours from start to finish including cleanup, which for us is totally manageable on a Saturday morning.

  VICTORY! Get out of my garden, rose!

VICTORY! Get out of my garden, rose!

The next step is to condition the soil and delineate the bed with the existing rocks to prep everything for planting. Our plan thus far is to fill this newly cleared bed with low-maintenance plants that will look great year-round in an area that doesn't get a ton of direct sun. On our short-list are rhododendron (the state flower of Washington), hydrangea, daphne, lavender, and heather. To get some lovely spring and summer color we are hoping to do some annuals in large pots on the front porch pedestals. 

  After: front bed

After: front bed

 

I love to hear your thoughts and especially to see what you all have up your sleeves this spring! Show off your home-improvement prowess with the hashtag #SpringCleanBetaTester