Throughout April and the first part of May, I’ve been steadily working my way through a long list of landscaping tasks and improvements. The most noticeable tasks have been adding bark, clearing out a huge amount of underbrush, felling a couple of trees to open up the front of the house, and planting new bushes, shrubs, and flowers.
The bark made all of the planters look significantly better:
I initially wasn’t sure about whether or not it was a good idea to take down the tree right at the front of the house, but I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. It completely opens up the front of the house and makes the front porch feel like much less of a cave. Here was how it looks before:
And here is how it looks after:
After the tree had been removed, I planted flowers in the pots on the front porch, and planted several shrubs.
I planted an arbor vida to the left of the sidewalk, and added several azaleas and lilacs to the left around the front of the house and the side of the garage.
More recently, I planted flowers and a bush around the lower patio by the hot tub, and also planted more azaleas and lilacs in the planters around the guest house, along with replacing a diseased yew bush.
In the next couple of weeks, I’m going to do more pruning on the trees at the back of the house, finish adding bark to the planters outside of the library windows, and then plant bushes and shrubs in those library planters, along with continuing to work on the lawn and working to eliminate the moles that have been digging holes throughout it.