In this post: We’re back with another project in our Curb Appeal Series. This time it’s The Garden!
Typically late May in North America (after any threat of frost is gone) is an ideal time to plant your garden, but you can certainly improve your curb appeal by expanding/creating your garden in the early summer as well, like we did.
Would you like to see what our garden USED to look like?
I must admit there were a couple of good things about this garden, such as the giant hosta and the butterfly bush (far left). However, the Spirea (white blossoms) was always taking over (I had to trim it every other week!), the potted evergreens were, how shall I say it, sad, and there were a few other ‘not so nice’ features like…
So as part of The Curb Appeal Series with The Home Depot the whole family got to work digging and digging and digging some more!
(No child labour here – they all WANTED to help, honest!)
When the space was finally shaped to our liking and the weeds, roots & sod were removed, we used the soil we had leftover from our walkway project and topped up the garden. In hindsight we probably could have used even more soil to build the garden up nice and high. Live and learn, right?
Then it was time to go to Home Depot to select some plants to fill the newly expanded garden. All PERENNIALS. I’ve mentioned I have a bit of a black thumb, yes? Which makes annuals FAR. TOO. MUCH. WORK.
So for our south facing, mostly sun-filled yard we chose more hostas in a few varieties, hardy low-growing grasses, euonymus and juniper to go with a few plants we actually bought last year (as recommended by our awesome landscaping brother-in-law, Adam) which were other grasses, a Japanese painted fern, a golden euonymus, burberry and a few left by previous owners such as the butterfly bush and the Lady’s Mantle. Overall a rather hardy bunch that can take the sun and our
negligence lack of gardening prowess.
We also added a few other non-living garden essentials like rocks (some from our super awesome 80-year-old neighbor and a few the kids and I hauled up from the beach) and a walkway a la Donna.
Then we topped it all off with many, many, many bags of cedar mulch. We’re pretty sure we wouldn’t have needed so many if we had built the garden up with the soil better first. Regardless, we used a lot of mulch. But the smell is SO worth it. Mmm, cedar.
Without giving away the other Curb Appeal projects, our garden currently looks like this…
We can hardly wait until it fills in all nice and leafy and full!
There’s not a lot of how-to specifics for how we enlarged our garden. But here are 5 Tips to Help YOU Do-It-Yourself!
- Call all the necessary companies to come out and mark gas lines, hydro and cable wires, etc. You do not want to make any mistakes with this. (Remind us to tell you the story about Dean at his sister’s in Texas many years ago).
- Use an edger (that square spade thing) or a light dusting of spray paint (in white) to make the outline of your new garden. You can always “move the line” if you don’t like how it looks.
- Remove all weeds, roots and grass from the area. This will make planting new plants SO much easier!
- Use good quality soil. We used Scott’s Premium Garden Soil because it was good for all types of in-ground plants, shrubs, flowers, etc and because it was actually really economical at $2.99 a bag.
- Choose plants appropriate for the location (full-sun, part-sun, all-shade) and don’t overcrowd them when they’re small. They will fill in!
That’s our garden expansion. Next comes our concrete block foundation refacing, the window boxes and a FULL REVEAL with befores and after of the whole shebang!
More curb appeal
For more of our current house’s curb appeal projects, visit these posts:
- Working on the Curb Appeal Part 1 – Upgrading the Garage Doors
- Working on the Curb Appeal Part 2 – Painting the Front Doors Black (+ Plants)
- Upgrading the Front Door Hardware
- An Easy Solution to Peeling Outdoor Paint
- Curb Appeal 101 – 14 Ideas for Spring Landscaping
To see our previous house’s curb appeal projects, visit these posts:
- Introducing the Curb Appeal Series
- Curb Appeal Series: The Garden
- Curb Appeal Series: The Flagstone Walkway
- Foundation Refacing – How to Cover a Cinder Block Foundation
- Curb Appeal the Big Reveal (at the Bungalow)
- 3 Budget-Friendly Summer Porch Makeover Ideas (at the Backsplit)