Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Front Yard Transformed.

It's been a very productive weekend starting from my Friday - that's when my weekends start. Our big project this weekend was to lay new turf in the front of the house and replant the entrance garden bed. We achieved our goals with the help from out two sons Mitchell and Andrew. They've been so helpful during our house spruce up.

Old grass and weeds being removed
New grass and top soil delivered
Mitch and Andrew spread the top soil
Andrew and his friend cleaned the terracotta tiled roof - only three weeks ago they helped me paint one side of the house and part of the side fence. This weekend they helped lay turf. Sue had organised the top soil and turf to be delivered on the Friday. Come Saturday we started by taking a skim of grass and weeds from the surface. Next was to spread and level the top soil. We then took the water-filled roller over the surface before laying the turf.
Almost ready for the turf
Preparation all cmpleted
The turf now laid and we have a new front yard that has been transformed.

This is where I previously parked my car while Sue's car was on the brick driveway. Over the years, the grass had become worn with weeds taking over. I would judge where the car would be parked by the wheels hit the pot holes.

The whole job on the Saturday took around four hours between the three of us which allowed for some time in the afternoon and Sunday to do some gardening. We bought a small white peach tree and added some colour with a planting of small cottage flowers in the under it. We also did a similar planting in the front entrance garden bed where our wisteria is.

The white peach tree with lots of cottage garden flowers.
The front entrance garden bed. A rose bush is the central focus with a Wisteria behind and small cottage flowers below.
This year I cut back the Wisteria rather savagely. In past years we have felt it might just start encroaching into the house. Its been a wild beast of a plant, spreading its tentacles without warning.
Sue still has another pot to fill like the one shown here - these will grace the entrance to our front entrance.
Its been an amazing transformation to the front yard with the new fence and a lick of paint here and there on the house. With that job now ticked off the list, our next BIG project is to renovate the bedroom en-suite. This project involves fitting a new vanity, rebuilding the shower with new tiles and then hitting it with a bright new lick of paint. With only four weeks to go before we engage a Real Estate Agent and set an Auction date, I'd better get my act together.

Although Spring seems to be on the way, we have had a cold, wet winter and so we decided on an open fire on Saturday night to welcome guests to our home - it was a great end to the days hard work.


  1. Bravo. The garden is looking good. Bon courage with your last job before the sale.

    1. I'm actually enjoying doing what I thought I may not have been capable of achieving but I'm happy with the results.

  2. Wow, very impressive, the house and the garden have really taken on a new look. Hope all goes well at the auction. Diane and Nigel.

    1. It has come up well Diane - friends have asked why we didn't do this earlier but we've been busy living life (as you do). Prices in our area have been above what our expectations were and now we are becoming quite optimistic.


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