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« on: December 06, 2011 06:12:55 PM »

I have lived in my home for ah 5 years now and had a blast redo the various rooms, the one place I feared to tread.  The back yard.  It was small and scary with weird weeds and horrific pornographic smelly mushrooms...really I have pictures of them.  I tried a few things with it, painting the shed, adding tables and raised beds but it just wasn't me and it never looked good.  There were many issues...the large rotting shed, the huge broken concret slad left behind when i tore down said shed (in addition to two other large concret slabs) and the weeds.  This spring I walked out into my backyard looked down and wondered where the gress was.  There was NONE my yard had been taken over by thisle...it was all thisle (my fault for uhm not mowing at all the year before) so I decided to do something...I did tons and tons of research, considered breaking up the concrete just anything.  I realized I had to change my perspective a little and focus on making the best of what I had and reworking what was there.  ALso I needed to stay with in a tight budget of about a 1000 dollars.  First thing I had to deal with the thisle...Everything I read suggested toxic chemicals orrr waiting it out.  I opted to wait it out...this involved leting it grow until it put all of its energy into flowering and then ripping it out and ripping it out...I don't have pictures of the thisle forest but I do have pictures of the boring yard before the thisle took over .  We started by pulling out the thisle, my back yard is actually very small and with the concrete its even smaller, we pulled out about 12 bags of thisle and various weeds.  After pulling it out I laid down about 3 inches of cardboard.   

After laying down the cardboard I began stopping at lowes every evening after work, late in the day they bag up mostly full bags of mulch that have rips in the bags and mark them half price.  I was able get the cedar chips I like at a buget friendly price, I also collected 5 dollar gallons of opps stain from the same maker that I thought I might be able to mix into a pleasing shade for my fence.  This took a little time but i wasn't in a big hurry.  While I collected my bags of Cedar mulch I was also able to collect gravel and that same discount andtops soil for filling in depressions.  I stored these items on the scary broken slab in the back of the yard and got to work on the visible slabs.  To them I added paint (not Opps sadly and clean sealer)  I also refinished some vintage patio furniture I had gotten for a steal because the glass table top was broken..I took care of that by cutting a peice of exterior plywood to size, painting and sealing it and adding a hole for my redone umbrella.  Once I had the supplies needed for the rest of the landscape I started...I added a thick layer of mulch to the cardboard in a somewhat interesting design (I hope within the next two years to be able to just cover the yard with flowers without the thisle taking over again) and cut into the cardboard to plant perennials...by collecting and trading annual starts and perennials with friends I was able to fill the garden cheaply.  I also created alot of colorful ceremic art to fill my garden, totems, hangings and feeders.  Anyway I said kinda on budget...it was about 1300 all total but that includes the art, the furniture, the paint, the new fence and someone other than me installing the fence.  I am not completely down...i would love to fashion a trellis for over the garage door, add a reycyled shed (if anyone knows where to find tips on doing these I would love to know), add a little line to dry clothing on and add art to my bare garage wall but overall I am happy with it.  I didn't want it to be over the top, which it for sure is but I love it regardless.  Enjoy!

This is along my driveway I plant Zinnas everyyear...these guys have been coming up for a few years now and i only realized there were flowers and not weeds this year and finally stopped yanking them out...

Picasso day my friend and i made some totems inspired by him!


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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2011 07:46:12 PM »

Wow! That's an intense amount of work. Well done - I'm especially impressed by your budgeting skills! It looks great.

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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2011 06:54:57 AM »

Very cute! For some reason I can imagine a slightly Wonderland tea party going on with all of those pretty colors and flowers. You did a very nice job!

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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2011 08:05:47 AM »

I love the colors you used. You really did a great job!!!! love it! Can you come over to my yard and work your magic on it?!  Grin
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2011 03:26:32 PM »

Thanks so much!  I had a blast doing this...now its on to the front yard!

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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2012 05:32:08 PM »

Great job, and I love how creative you were with a tight budget! If you're still looking for budget shed ideas, how about one built from pallets?http://summerville-novascotia.com/PalletWoodShed/
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2012 12:34:23 PM »

I am still looking for ideas!  Thanks so much!

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