During the month of July, I will be posting a before and after series with a variety of home projects I know you will find useful. Today's post contains ideas for front yard landscaping you can complete yourself! Or, if you'd rather hire someone, do it! Just make sure you trust them. More on that later!
I will show lots of before, during, and after photos that I hope will inspire you with your landscaping projects.
Curb appeal can make all the difference in leaving a good impression on guests you invite to your home. Unfortunately, we got busy with life and let our front landscaping get a bit out of hand. It was definitely not a look we were happy with!
The crabapple tree on the far right was dying. It's difficult to see just how bad it was looking in the above photo. At one point it was full and beautiful, but those days were over.
In the photo below, you see a close up of the Alberta Spruce (right by the steps) that was dying. The bamboo shrubs in front of the boxwoods were looking pretty bad as well. It was time for some updating!
Take a peek at those blue doors. They were Black Fox by Sherwin Williams a few weeks ago. On a whim, I painted them Naval. I'm not loving them. I'm still deciding what color to use, but I'm definitely planning on changing them. You can weigh in on my Facebook poll. My thought is going back to Black Fox or possibly Drizzle by Sherwin Williams. I'd love your opinion!
Initially, we were just going to hire someone to do all of the work for us. This did not go well. The company we used overcharged us for work that was less than optimal. We definitely needed help getting the trees pulled up due to their deep root system, but the rest was all feasible to do ourselves. As you will see, we eventually did!
DURING PHOTOS AFTER TREES WERE TAKEN OUT:
You can also see different plants I had just stuck into this area through the years. There were mums and hostas that didn't look right in the space. I was able to transplant the hostas to some shaded spaces in my back yard.
Of course in the above photo, I have paint brushes drying on the porch! Always some project going on here. My dog, Bentley was excited to find his ball that was lost under the boxwoods months ago.
As I mentioned before, we hired someone to put in plants for us. That did not go as we had imagined. This is the AFTER the landscaping company gave us:
Ummm, not exactly the "after" impact we were hoping for. The plants they used were dianthus, which I love. But, this look was not working for me! So, I finished the project myself and the following photos are my after!
FRONT YARD LANDSCAPING AFTER:
I used Veronica Perennials, daylilies, a hydrangea, and Bronze Leaf Red Begonias. The begonias were the only annual I planted as I want this to be fairly low maintenance in years to come. I added black mulch and more rock as well.
The dianthus were moved to a different location:
It's so much better than when we started. We had a few hiccups along the way, but the extra work was worth the end result.
Have you completed any landscaping projects lately? I'd love to hear about them! I hope you got some great ideas for your front yard landscaping today.