These past few weeks, P and I have spent a lot of time cleaning up, cleaning out, and sprucing things up around the house.
This past weekend, we were outside as much as possible. It was sunny, warm, and perfect.
First up, the area next to our a/c unit. We have tried for 2 years to get something to grow in this area, and nothing will. The guy at the plant store thinks there may have been some oil or chemicals spilled in the area from the original unit years ago, and that the soil is contaminated. Once contaminated, nothing will grow there. So we decided to do a "California garden" and now it is just rocks and a pot with some plants.
Next, we began to clean up the small area under our kitchen window. We have done plants here twice, and each year, they last for a little while, then they die off. This year we decided to plant jasmine, let it take over the area, and provide a clean look for years to come.
Finally, we spent the rest of our time removing 3 feet of our deck. We wanted to make the most of the yard space we have. After removing the deck, we planted 3 feet of grass in its place.
Clearly, the dogs are enjoying the new grass.
Next weekend, we plan to use a power washer to remove all the old paint from the deck, then stain it, so it all looks fresh and new.
A few bucks, a little elbow grease, and a lot of sweat later---we like the look of the yard updates!
Have you been doing any spring clean up or clean outs?