Over the last couple of years, a series of home improvements had left us with a front yard full of hillocks of dumped soil, debris and weeds. Very attractive.
So, after some strategising and black texta plans drawn up on butcher's paper, Mike decided to create a wide garden bed along the house, pull out a couple of bushes, frame out the remaining tree, replace all the topsoil to start the lawn from scratch and lay pipes for underground watering.
The grass is still a bit patchy but it's growing well, even with this crazy hot summer we're having.
The plants are establishing well too, one rose bush in particular has shot up. All the plants, that is, except one that we think has been nibbled by the neighbour's frequently-escaped pet rabbit.
That was my part in this whole process, the planting. I may have escaped hacking out the huge old stump, digging the trench for the pine borders, carting the old topsoil into the skip, spreading out load after load of new topsoil and mulch...but my goodness gardening is hard work!
A couple months in the making, officially ticking off 30 Before Marriage task number 2. Landscape our front yard.