Tomorrow is the big day. Demo will begin first thing. To adequately document the progress, we’re going to post photos as we go. Below are some photos from of the way things looked before the project began.
After years of struggling with the front yard, we finally gave up. Grading was wrong, drainage was wrong, weeds ruled, the grass was fading, and we had no automated irrigation. We’ve also struggled with the ugliness of the front of the house since we purchased it now a handful of years ago. It was time to make the front of our home worth visiting. We hired Geno Finamore, a brilliant landscape architect at creativexteriors here in Denver, to inspire us and he came through. We approved the plan this weekend and will soon hear when we are scheduled to break ground (and I do mean break–it is about as dry as can be imagined). More details to follow!
We decided to cut way back on our watering. The grass looked healthy and we’ve got some great flowers in front of the house, but because it’s been such a moist season, our basement floor is having issues (the floating floor is curling up). That said, I wasn’t willing to stop watering altogether. I did 20-minutes per side just now and was careful to not let the sprinkler hit the side of the house or the window well for the basement. Ug. Eventually I’m going to have to regrade the yard. If it’s not one thing it’s another.
Due to rain of late I’ve not had to water much. However, it didn’t really rain yesterday and it is not likely to rain for the remainder of the work week so I decided to do some watering this morning. 20-minutes per side. I’ve decided that next spring I’m going to plant a real vegetable garden. I stumbled on a site yesterday that had some simple and straightforward information that I thought I’d include here.
After yesterday’s mow I decided to do some watering. 20-minutes per side.
Did the mowing this morning–front and back. Also pulled some weeds. Fortunately, the weed barrier out back is keeping the weeds away. A few grew just outside the barrier so I pulled those but no more forest of weeds!
Because it rained a number of times earlier this week I didn’t have to water until now. However, it didn’t rain yesterday and will likely not rain today and it is supposed to warm up so I decided to water this morning. 20-minutes per side.
It drizzled here and there over the weekend but not enough to cover the watering. I should have watered sooner but never got around to it. As a result I may let the sprinklers go a tiny bit over this morning. Back to the routine.
Dana watered again. 20-minutes per side.
While I was in Milwaukee, Dana took care of the watering. It had rained enough that I hadn’t had to water in some time. She did the standard 20-minutes per side.