Yard Progress

5.24.2015

I hope y'all are having a nice weekend. Most folks are probably taking advantage of this three day weekend and enjoying some fun and relaxation. Normally when Mr. Savvy has a long weekend it means getting things done around here. That means the deck for him, which is almost to the cleaning and painting stage, and I worked in the yard.
If you follow me on instagram then you saw that I put out forty bags of mulch in the front beds and I am feeling it in every part of my body. I also have been working on getting the pond in shape for the summer. That means digging out lots of leaves, sticks and muck. Not a pretty job, but it has to be done. I thought I would share some shots of how the front beds look with the pretty new dark mulch.


We are really having a time with the centipede this year. We have many bald spots in the yard. I think after twenty years and much colder winters the last few years that we are experiencing some centipede decline. I think it will fill in more by July.

This is the walkway to the front door. I told y'all a few weeks ago that I was taking out the solid green lirope/monkey grass and adding more of the variegated. I finished that awhile back and now have finally refreshed the mulch.

First we bought twenty bags and then realized that was far from enough so we bought twenty more and I still need around four more to finish.

I'm really loving the new shutters we had built in the winter and I'm loving the color I chose.



Can't wait for the crepe myrtles to bloom, but that won't be for awhile.

The flowers on the front porch are growing nicely.

I think I deserve to go shopping and hit up some of the sales.

Are you doing anything fun?

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!


46 comments:

  1. Your landscape beds look so pretty. Lot of work but worth it!

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  2. Kim, the front of your house looks beautiful!

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  3. Looks beautiful Kim. I will be right there with you. I told hubby we were having the mulch delivered by the pallet this year. I got so tired of picking up 15-20 bags at a time!! And, we just cleaned out the pond too. Now to figure out what keeps eating our fish. We are pretty sure it is NOT the heron as we have it wired where he can no longer get in. We will see what our new camera shows us.

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  4. Everything looks beautiful. I especially like your design/paint on the garage doors.

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  5. Your gardens look beautiful. Explain about the centipede? Does it eat the grass? We are having a fun weekend since all the yardwork is done, thank goodbess! I know you will be happy when the deck is ready, and then you will make it beautiful too. We had a picnic at the clubhouse yesterday and are going to friends today for another one. Tomorrow I willl be shopping;)

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    1. Pinky, centipede is a variety of grass that we have. :)

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    2. Pinky, centipede is a variety of grass that we have. :)

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  6. Looks great Kim! Now go hit the stores!!

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  7. Beautiful landscaping, Kim!!!

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  8. Looks great! Love the flowers on the porch.

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  9. Looking beautiful!!.....Truly a labor of love!!!

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  10. Your home and landscape is so beautiful, Kim. I use the dark mulch too! I think it makes everything pop! I've been working in my garden, and also feel aching all over my body! My Mom always said, "making things beautiful hurts"! Isn't that the truth! Enjoy your shopping trip!

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  11. Your yard looks lovely. What a job, and yes, you do deserve to go shopping and buy something fun!

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  12. your yard looks fantastic, Kim. Just think, you could hire yourself out as a landscaper and yard person in your free time, ha ha. have a fun rest of the weekend, hope you find some great sales!

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  13. Working just like you!! Love the color and design of the shutters...perfection!! I am always amazed at how much gorilla hair it takes to fill in the beds as well!

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  14. Kim it looks beautiful, you have a gorgeous home and beautiful yard. Time to rest now!

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  15. Oh my Kim...your house is beautiful:) Everything looks lovely! And yes I agree, you worked hard, GO SHOPPING:D

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  16. Everything looks beautiful Kim! We went to the farmers market yesterday. Today Mr. Comforts is trying to get the rest of the garage unpacked, so both cars fit in after our move.

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  17. After 40 bags of mulch you deserve to go shopping! I need to get in the yard but it will not quit raining in Dallas long enough for that to happen. So, we're painting instead. All of our knockout roses are infected with Rose rosette disease, along with all of our neighbors and most of north Dallas, so we'll have to pull those out. Need some sun first! Have fun shopping--can't wait to see what you come home with!

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  18. Your house and gardens are stunningly beautiful... your hard work has paid off.

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  19. What a beautiful landscape! And your shutter make your house look very Frenchy. I hope to add some new ones, too, pretty soon. I am going to inform the husband, as soon as he finishes with the floor.

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  20. Gorgeous!!!!! Your flowers look so pretty and I love the dark mulch. We switched out the mulch in our front flower bed to the brown too. I think we have used 60 bags now!?!?! LOL
    Have fun shopping :o)
    ~Des

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  21. Love the shutters with the landscaping! I think you deserve to shop AND get a massage!
    Best,
    Michelle from simplysantabarbara.blogspot.com

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  22. Everything is looking great. Tons of work, so go play for a while.

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  24. what a beautiful yard!

    m ^..^

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  25. Everything looks very pretty. Nothing like a little (or a lot) mulch to make your flowerbeds look neat and tidy and finished. I love the shutters on your windows!

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  26. Your home and landscape is gorgeous, Kim!

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  27. Love the fresh green of the yards and landscaping in the spring. Yours looks beautiful with the fresh mulch. We spread 120 bags a couple of weeks ago...what a job! Every year we say it's the last to do it ourselves, then when the spring rolls around we're out there doing it again.
    Mary Alice

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  28. Kim, it looks great! We are in the middle of landscaping our back yard, feel your pain! Take some time and enjoy yourself! Pam (everydayliving.me)

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  29. Oh, I so deserve some fun time, can I join you for shopping?

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  30. Looks great Kim! We usually work, work, work, when there is a long weekend. BUT, this time we are just relaxing.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  31. LOL...I feel your pain....literally...I think I have spread around 60 bags of mulch
    ...honestly have lost track...Your yard looks gorgeous!

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  32. You've been busy! It all looks fresh and pretty, Kim. Yes, you deserve to have some shopping therapy!

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  33. Beautiful and green....reminds me when I visit relatives in the South the first things that comes to mind is "wow it's so green here". Enjoy your shopping!

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  34. Looks beautiful, Kimmie! That's a lot of work so you rest now and don't pick up a paint brush for a week! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  35. Wow! Sounds like you managed a serious aerobic workout and everything looks so lovely! Hope you get to relax just a little sometime soon. hugs...www.intheknowwithro.blogspot.com

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  36. Kim,
    The yard looks great and love seeing your beautiful home from the outside too. So pretty and welcoming.
    Kris

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  37. It looks great Kim, we are doing the same....working. No relaxing weekend here!

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  38. I'm considering ordering some crape myrtles and I'm reading up on their care, particularly pruning, which seems a little daunting to someone like me who doesn't really have a knack for growing things. I love the shape (and size) of yours. Do you do your own pruning, or do you have them professionally done? If you prune yourself, when/how often do you do it and can you offer any tips to get the tree-like look you have? Also, apparently there are different varieties of crapes that grow to different heights (miniature, dwarf, medium and standard). Do you know which variety you have?

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    1. Shari, I have read those professional ways of pruning crepe myrtles, too and I don't know anyone who does that. Most folks around here just cut them back however far they want them cut back. My husband does ours with a an electric saw. He just cuts them back to the first branch section and they grow back very well each year and bloom beautifully, They are very easy to grow and they grow fast. I don't know what variety we have. We bought them 20 years ago at Home Depot. I know these can get pretty tall if left alone.

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  39. Kim, what a great job you did in your front yard. The beds looks so pretty and I love the shutters!
    My husband and I spread 165 bags of mulch last year in our front and back yard. We nearly died!! LOL
    Hope you had fun shopping!

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    1. If I had spread that much I would be dead! We use pine straw out back. Well, if we had a yard worth landscaping we would be adding pine straw. Our back yard is literally dead and full of weeds. We hope to get it back to looking good this summer. Fingers crossed.

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  40. Your yard looks so pretty and yes, the flowers on your front porch are lovely. Your had work is really paying off.

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  41. I love dark mulch! Unfortunately we are switching to rocks in the areas that are left with mulch. Living in a woods makes the maintenance on the mulch too intensive, but boy do I love the dark stuff.

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  42. Kim I love your landscaping! I am currently trying to upgrade mine. We've pulled up all the old plants and now everything is bear. But that's what I get for wanting to start fresh :) I need some advice for some great shrubs that last through ever season. I am thinking Gardenias and Azeleas. What is your advice? We have a lot of shade on the North side of our house which is the front. I have also thought about Vinca for a ground cover. I am definitely doing the Monkey Grass to follow the edge of the bed down the walk way to the drive way. Let me know what you think when you have a chance!

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