The Green Monster

7 Sep

That was our affectionate term for the bed in front of the house that had gone cray-zay. It took your breath away in a not-so-good way. We had turned into those neighbors.

Exhibit A:
→ Please ignore the “before, after” comments on the pictures. They were taken with my not-so-trusty trusty iPhone, and sometimes I tend to get edit-happy with all those fun photo apps.

It was a hot tranny mess.

Maybe it was the $50 Lowe’s card that our subdivision was giving away for the nicest yard that lured me. Or maybe it was the fact that we had that to come home to every day. I just couldn’t take it anymore.

My parents had come to stay with us for a few weeks to help with the new baby, so I decided that was the perfect time to demolish this monster.

First things first, we had to dig out all that freaking bermuda grass then dig up all the plants. Bermuda grass is my arch nemesis. This stuff is amazing when you’re trying to grow a lawn, but not so much when you’re trying to create a grass-free bed. Anyway, just clearing the bed of all the grass was a huge improvement.

Being the thrifty kids we are, we decided to reuse all of the plants pulled out of this bed. We put the four bright green guys (sorry, I’m not well-versed on my plant names) right there along the sidewalk, and the bushy darker green guys with tiny leaves we decided to plant along the front of the side fence. The tall bush right in front of the window got moved in front of a utility box to try to hide it from the street. The builder actually put a couple of them there before we moved in, but one died in a drought we had over the summer. Can’t beat a free replacement!
→ R.I.P. all but one of the bushy darker green guys with tiny leaves.

My parents picked up those little edging grasses on clearance from Wal-Mart, and it’s exactly what I envisioned to border the bed, so that was an automatic score. Looking at the pictures though, it does somewhat resemble that devil bermuda grass, doesn’t it? Maybe I’m just crazy and want grass all up in the bed after all. The little cone tree they picked up at Lowe’s for seven bucks, and threw in a couple daylilies for us too. You can’t really see them, but they’re right in front of the column. They’re awesome. My parents and the daylilies.

After thinking about it, Dave and I decided one lonely cone tree just wasn’t gonna cut if for our symmetrical-crazy selves. So we carted ourselves to Lowe’s (our favorite store, so it wasn’t too painful) and bought two more cone trees, some flowers and other things to fill in empty areas.  We also made a flowerbed in the front corner as a focal point, and plan on swapping out the flowers in there every so often.

We decided to go with black mulch, just to make all the colors pop. I was worried that the color would fade faster, but there was a 12-month color stay guarantee on the bag that eased my worries a bit. It’s been three months now though, and the color hasn’t faded much if at all though, so I’m satisfied.

What do you think? We plan on finding something to hide the ugly satellite dish, but just haven’t found any solutions yet that won’t mess up the reception and whatnot. Just another project to add to the list!

Oh, and after all that work, we didn’t even enter the nicest yard contest. Whop whop.

Just in case you forgot what the bed looked like before, allow me to show you the transformation of our bed in comic strip form:


3 Responses to “The Green Monster”

  1. FishinMommy September 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM #

    Looks good, my friend. Would you like to come do MY yard?

  2. amandalitts September 7, 2012 at 9:29 PM #

    Looks very nice. I really like the black mulch. Go figure!!

  3. Catherine September 8, 2012 at 12:02 PM #

    Thanks guys! 🙂

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