Tuesday, April 5, 2016

filling in and outlining: sod and azaleas

When we had trees removed, we knew we'd need (at the bare minimum) some sod to cover the big brown spots in the yard. That is (finally) happening and we're also (again, finally) planting the azaleas we'd planned decades ago. Here's what's happened so far:

bare ground                                            sod!

                   west lot line bare                          azaleas waiting to be planted

We also had a large pine bed to the right of the driveway; this is the view from the kitchen window and the back door. Since we've had plans to work on it, this area has been sad and ignored. The nonstop rain Easter weekend invited every weed in the state to grow here, too! Really rough, as you can see:

Our beautiful heirloom camellia, embarrassed to be seen here. 
Like I said, every weed in the state. 

Now that area is covered in sod (adding a great new play area for the kids) and lined with azaleas on the northeast (our lot is a lopsided hexagon) property line. Also, you can't see it in the pictures, but the camellia is happy with its new surroundings. Already such an improvement!

sod prep and sod laid

The area around Momee's bench (brought here from Emmett's grandmother's home long before the lot was cleared to build) now has sod in the front and azaleas flanking the magnolia, again on the property line.  This bench is super important; it's our traditional family photo spot! 

soil prepped for sod and azaleas
(and the hydrangea the Tifts gave me), ready to be planted

We'd planned for the driveway to get a much needed facelift next, but we've dreamed up another project that needs to be done first. Just ignore, for the time being, all of that cracked asphalt. That's what we're trying to do.

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