After years of tinkering, Linda and I decided that we’d “had it up to here” with the condition of our backyard. We had made some progress over the years but the yard never felt finished. That can be stressful. I ask you to imagine what approx 800 square feet of dirt surrounded by gray brick looks like. If you need help imagining, think prison yard.
As is usually the case after such a decision is made, we acted quickly. The next morning I called the local landscape company H&N and Don the salesman dropped by that very afternoon. He took a look around and I explained what we wanted to accomplish. We looked at pictures of plants, drew up a design plan, and we wrote him a check. Don put us on the schedule with the plan of being back in three weeks to complete our design.
Don’s crew did in fact show up three weeks later. That was yesterday morning. When they were done Linda and I finally had a back yard that felt finished. All that is left is a little pick up and a few finishing details.
The yard is now worth spending time in. A few lessons learned include:
1. DIY landscape projects are for the birds; hire a pro
2. House number two will come with a landscaped backyard with pool
3. Do it right the first time
For a look at all the pictures that help to tell this story please visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/owenwbrown/sets/72157623805358692/