This is a teaser post that's going to kind of recap how BAD our backyard looked when we moved into this house, and what we've done to improve it.
So far, we've put in grass seed, raised garden beds, planted 2 bushes and a tree, dug up 2 dead bushes and a tree (all three died in the desert of a summer we had this last year), and put some mulch around our raised beds (detailed post on that to follow later this week).
Plans this year include expanding our 10x10 concrete patio to a larger gravel patio with space for our outdoor patio furniture and a fire pit, and some sort of "bench feature" with hanging plants and a trellis at the rear right of the yard to offset the garden on the left.
All in all, I am very proud of how far we've come, and look forward to our continued backyard improvements.
Some pictorial proof of my boasting....
When we signed papers on the house:
When we moved in (2010):
And my dog enjoying the good weather and nice grass:
Stay tuned for another gun post tomorrow (a discussion of pistol caliber carbines), followed Tuesday by a detailed post on our mulch project around the garden beds.