Sunday, October 22, 2006

From Ironman to Gardenman

Aimee and I waited until after her marathon in Baltimore before doing the landscaping in our front yard. Three years ago we did our back yard. It was a major change for our house. Aimee's cousin Christi does landscaping on the side, very good at it, and she planned our new garden in the back.

It used to look like this.......














Now it looks like this........and this....after three years.














The above landscaping was a full days work for a crew of 6.

So after three years, numerous olympic tri's, 2 Half IM and 1 IM for me AND 3 marathons, 1 Half IM and many miles of trials for Aimee (essentially ignoring the front yard) we new something had to be done. So we contacted Christi again and she designed a new front yard for us.

In one day we went from this........maybe not one day. We did alot of prep work over the course of two months the bushes and tree were taken out, stumps removed, soil turned (each on different days)
















So today.....using this....... a big 10 yards of top soil and a big 7 yards of mulch........















and a full day with a crew of 6 we wound up with this........















I think I pushed a wheelbarrow the distance of a half marathon today. Each time I dumped a load the next load was ready to go. We had 6 wheelbarrows going. We had extra mulch so we covered the back garden as well. I think we are set for spring as well.

6 comments:

Bolder said...

great job!

your landscaping looks awesome! i was always slow to pull the trigger on landscaping of my own... so, i appreciate what a big day this is for you!!

bunnygirl said...

It looks great! Gardening sounds like a nice off-season activity, too.

Cliff said...

did you taper for all this garden work? :)

Jodi said...

Wow, I am so impressed. I am embarrassed at the shape of my yard right now. Can't wait until it's covered in snow!

Jodi

Curly Su said...

cool--awesome project, and just in time for winter!

E-Speed said...

holy cow, you want to come over to our place next spring?