Landscaping is a multi-phased project here on the farm. I’m not entirely sure what phase we’re in now, but I looked back through the archives and the first time I posted about this area of the property was four years ago. Holy moly.
The back of the house has been a wee bit overgrown. As in we just let it go. Not the prettiest view out the kitchen window.
There were so many rocks and weeds it was unmowable. But I wasn’t prepared to put in the work to make it a flower garden either.
We left it alone. Surprisingly, it didn’t improve.
Then two years ago we covered most of the mess with a tarp. Which wasn’t really much of an improvement either.
We left it alone again. For two more years.
But at the start of this July, I finally lifted the tarp.
Hello rocks. Fancy finding you here. But the weeds had mostly died, so that was a bonus.
With some raking, digging, leveling, a wee bit of sawing and mowing for some of the more stubborn brush, and finally seeding and watering, we ended the day with something that we thought could someday be a lawn.
The local wildlife came by to check out the transformation. The snakes particularly seemed to enjoy the cleared dirt.
Our usual inspector came by too. Hello Ralph. And hello sprouts!
Three week later, hello electric green lawn.
We still have some blending to do and a few thin spots to fill in (plus I’d love to break up that concrete beside the steps).
And of course that black tarp is still hanging around. Hopefully the weeds closest to the house die over the next few weeks and I can seed that area this fall. Who knows what phase we’ll be at by that point.
Do you have an overgrown area that you’re reclaiming? Have you ever used the tarp technique to deal with weeds? Are you a seed or sod person? Is anyone else’s property overrun with rocks? Who else has snakes slithering by?