Fixing A Yard That Has Been Vacant For Years: DIY Exterior

Fixing Up A Yard That Has Sat Vacant

Welcome to my house.  How was the drive?

I hope traffic wasn’t bad!  Now that you’re here, I’ll be the first one to tell you:  I am far less confident on my exterior skills.  I am no gardener or outdoor designer.  Our precious 2200 sq ft fixer-upper in the burbs sat vacant for over a year.  We made our purchase in October, so we were off the hook all winter long as far as yard work went… This spring I was in for a rude awakening!  Here is what we’ve done so far to our exterior, still with a long way to go!

Fixing Up A Yard That Sat Vacant: DIY Landscaping

See this tree?  It was really adorable in the spring, and that was it.  It has ugly dark purple leaves, blocks all our natural light, and hides our cute home (and our tender chimney).  We have a green dumpster scheduled June 19th, and this tree will see the end of it’s life.

Fixing Up A Yard That Has Sat Vacant

This patch of dirt sat empty for awhile, and my sweet mother talked me into planting some flowers.  When I am overwhelmed with fixing up our yard she reminds me, “One corner at a time, Kenz.”  I dedicate this corner to her.  I’m excited for these flowers to fill out a bit.  They are only 1 day old :-)

Fixing Up A Yard That Sat Vacant: DIY Landscaping

 

How To Fix A Vacant Yard

This picture was on the MLS.  Observe how you couldn’t see grass before this home was our (pictured to the left). That’s because there are two monolithic cottonwood trees stationed on the perimeter.  There were two season’s worth of leafs spread evenly across the lot.  It took 15 industrial sized garbage bags to get these off the grass.  The consequence of the leaf-blanket:  patchy, dead grass underneath.  Boo.  On a side note, Aaron tore that swing set apart with his bare hands.  What a stud!

How To Fix A Vacant Yard

Fixing Up A Yard That Sat Vacant: DIY Landscaping

This pile of sticks has a name.  It’s name is Beaver Dam.  It is a compilation of branches we have pruned/ sticks and branches our trees have shed.  This glorious pile is finding it’s new home on June 19th with our front yard tree in the Great Green Dumpster.  YES!

How To Fix A Vacant Yard

This is the area where we are re-seeding.  We are trying our hardest to bring this lawn back to life.  We have covered it all in weed n feed, and other lawn food.  I had no idea so much went into just having grass!  I respect my parents’ yard so much more now!

TIPS:
-Buy lots of Weed N Feed!
-Spread some seeds, and water, water, water.
-Round Up is your new best friend
-Be patient.  A good yard takes time.  I know our yard won’t be where I want it for a few years
-Get your friends to help, and buy them pizza

Our Patio

Fixing Up A Yard That Sat Vacant: DIY Landscaping

I know this isn’t for everyone, but it was for ME.  Our patio was a little sad and old looking.  In the process of getting it cleaned up, I just kept thinking, “I need something bright and happy.”  I know nothing brighter and happier than yellow.  So we splashed some color on our stairs (which needed new paint anyway).

How To Fix A Vacant Yard

One day we will have real outdoor furniture, a custom gas fire pit, and a pretty pergola.  For now:  I am grateful for my small oasis.

In short, it might not look like we have done very much outside, but we have worked our bums off.  We have big dreams and goals for our outdoor space.  Thank you for coming to our home and checking in on the progress.  Have a safe trip home!

Fixing Up A Yard That Sat Vacant: DIY Landscaping

UPDATE!  The tree came down!  Click here to see it!

 

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    “One corner at a time…”, I love it!

    Thanks for being such an amazing wife kenz :)

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