Outdoor Summer Spruceups



After months and months of winter doldrums it is great to get outside in the yard which is in great need of some cleaning and sprucing up. So, now that the weather has turned consistently nice in our part of the world we finally get to turn our attention to our outdoor spaces. Yippee!

This past weekend we just began to start sprucing up the yard coming just in time for prime yard fix-up season. We have a looooong gray privacy fence that separates our yard from the side street leading to the neighbor’s houses and the dock at the end of the road. It is one of the least attractive parts of the yard and has yet to be touched to make look better since we can’t see this from inside the house and it was only visible from the road it wasn’t the first area we elected to focus on.

You thought I was exaggerating? Nope not even a little, it’s really long and really gray, about 100 ft of long  grayness. The good part is there’s a good decent amount of space for some plants along the fence at the top. We think the softness of some plants will definitely go a looooong way to break up the loooooong gray fence. Did I say looooong enough times? Maybe 1 more might do it…looooooong.

Since we have a relatively manageable size yard at 0.25 acres we’d like to make every inch as pretty and polished as possible as well as give us a boost in the much needed curb appeal department that this house is severely lacking.

We have several long term ideas on how to boost the overall curb appeal of our boxy raised ranch including adding a much needed focal point entrance way and updating the siding but those will have to wait for another day.

Back to the subject of our long gray fence. Right now there is a bit of a gully from the curb of the road to the fence. The first stop is to fill in the  portion of our property that runs along the fence up to curb. We happened to have some dirt just sitting on top of a tarp waiting for us to start this project. Accomplishing two checks off the list, #1 being sprucing up our fence and #2 being cleaning up the dirt pile that’s just been sitting around. I love when things get accomplished all at once. Makes you think that we had a plan or something.

The first step was basically a process of shoveling, wheelbarrowing and dumping, then shoveling wheelbarrowing and dumping some more. That’s my Dad Tony doing most of the shoveling and dumping he lives for projects, lol.

And giving wheelbarrow rides to little boys. He gives a mean wheelbarrow rides.

Once this shoveling wheelbarrowing and dumping is done we plan to create a nice border of perennials. We think some perennials and bulbs that die back to the ground every year will be a nice casual compliment to the naturally weathering fence and will help to minimize the damage from the occasional snow plow that happens down the street.

Our plan is to use a mix of some plants currently in our own yard and to go buy some new ones.

We have some Tiger :ilies in various places around the yard that could use a new home. I love these orange beauties which are super hardy. Some even call them “Ditch Lilies” because they grow so profusely in ditches on sides of roads…just perfect for our purposes.

Tiger Lily The Gardener’s Network

We also plan to add some tall-ish ornamental grasses intermittently down the line, We love the look of zebra grass for it’s  shape, the horizontal bands of yellow and gorgeous plumes that appear in the Fall.


We also have some Hostas that are in search of a new home that may just find a place along our fence.


Organic Growers

All in all we hope that it’ll be a wonderful addition to our curb appeal.

Check out some of these beautiful perennial border garden’s below that we’ve been drooling over getting our inspiration from.

This one is just stunning from allanbecker.gardenguru. Nothing more to say then absolutely stunning.

Beautiful casual border from perenniagardendesign

Until then we’ll be weelbarrowing our way to a prettier garden. Good thing we’ve got labor that works for sippy cups and chicken nuggets 😉


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