Has it really been 3 years already?
When we bought this house in 2010, the backyard was dirt (or mud, depending on the weather). That's it. By the time we actually moved in, mud had been replaced with weeds, some taller than me. I had to actually use a machete to clear my way through parts of my own backyard, as if I were on a hunt for Dr. Livingston.
So to go from that to how it looks now, I'm pretty darn pleased with the progress. It still isn't perfect (lots of weeds/bare spots to address still), and I still have some other projects in mind but for now, I'm going to bask in the glory of some before/after pictures.
Weeds in 2010:
Actual halfway decent looking yard in 2011:
As of this afternoon in 2013:
It isn't perfect, but damn if it isn't looking much, much better.
Hard to see in that picture, but we made an improvement to the back corner of the yard as well.
Using the same spray/cover/mulch technique used around our garden as explained in this post, we mulched this corner of the backyard and planted a larkspur, tea olive, and magnolia saucer.
I also added the tiny little guy on the left last weekend, a blackberry bush (well, they sold me a bush, but it looks like I bought a twig.) I'm curious to see how it grows and produces.
Closing with a few pictures of our new back area. I'll post about what we're growing in the garden this year and a few other things later this week. Good to be back to posting and growing.