My husband helps me clean our hardwood floor once a week and a couple of weeks ago he commented about how much dirt and sand there is on them all the time. I smiled and said, "Well every time the dogs or anyone goes into the backyard they track sand and dirt back in with them and deposit it on my floor." He looked at me like I had 3 heads!
We use to have grass but it was clumpy and uncomfortable to walk on so we let it die. In Colorado that doesn't take long over a hot summer. So for the past 3 years we've had dirt and weeds. Yes I said THREE YEARS!
We also now have tree issues. This one is pretty much dead.
I want grass but we live going up a hill and all the water rolls off into our neighbors yards. I got the hubby to agree that we need to do something. Personally, I think he got tired of helping me clean the wood floors of all the sand and dirt that the dogs drag in! But I'll take it! So a retaining wall across the back and up the sides a bit and a new fence across the back and the sprinkler system fixed and grass, yes grass. This is all I wanted for this year. We thought about doing it ourselves but retaining walls are hard people, really hard to put up. The one we have, we did ourselves and it took a month!
If you look at the picture above you will see that my deck is three different colors, green, beige and red. I bet you are saying, don't knock your neighbors, you have no room to talk! Look at your deck! Look at all those weeds along the retaining wall! My answer is hey! The garden is clear of weeds, it looks so pretty and hey I DO NOT have garden gnomes and lots of statues in my yard! I don't know about you but those gnomes kind creep me out!
I told you our yard is a hot mess!
So this year we will fix the major hot mess. I will still have the side to deal with and those rocks. I use to pay my kids $10 a full wheel barrow ($5.00 each) of rocks when they were little. I still have rocks on the side of the house.
The side yard with my dead plant.....
Look here you can see our neighbors behind us and their lovely house colors - notice the trim around the window.
Is it bad that I have wildflowers growing in the middle of my backyard? Just a bit huh!