We have a nice big backyard full of lush green grass (thanks to Steven), but that since we have moved in, that is all it has been – grass. No flowerbeds, bushes, patios – nada. With the beautiful Colorado weather, we’d love to spend more time in our backyard so we have big plans to make it into an outdoor living space, but first things first – landscaping!
Lots of grass, a horrible tree called a Tree of Heaven in the back (that kills everything but was literally the only tree on the property when we moved in so I suppose we should be grateful), and a tiny aspen clump we put in last summer (It didn’t die y’all!)
There’s obviously tons of things we can do with the backyard – small bushes, flowers, a vegetable garden – but we wanted to start with the big stuff that needs longer to get established and can give us the biggest impact (and privacy) right away.
Here’s what we bought:
- 3 Emerald Arborvitae – to give us some privacy from the 2 story next to us. I think we’re actually going to put in one more.
- Snowball bush – supposedly gets pretty big relatively quickly. We’ve seen a lot of these around the neighborhood so we are assuming it will do well. And bonus – it’s really pretty.
- Aspen clump – a second one, we are going to move the first one and create a little aspen grove to complete my Colorado dreams.
- Limber Pine – again, for some year-round privacy. The color is pretty nice and the needles aren’t as sharp and painful as other pines.
- McIntosh Apple Tree – Steven was set on a fruit tree… I’m pretty excited about it too.
- Crabapple Tree – to help pollinate our apple tree, and they have gorgeous pink flowers in the Spring!
- Lilac Bush – not a huge one, but they seem to be pretty popular in our neighborhood – so again, we are hoping it does well and grows to be large pretty quickly.
Yes, that is SEVEN trees. We bit off more than we could chew, we know that now. But we were so ambitious and driven to makeover our yard, totally naive, but driven!
Look at this fool:
We had planted other trees last year – it was hard work but we knew what to expect and were ready to dig in. What we didn’t take into account was that creating these flower beds meant lots of digging out that beautiful, lush grass I mentioned before. That was overall the WORST part. But lesson learned, for future flower beds and/or our patio we will definitely put more thought into it and either devote the time to remove it or kill the grass beforehand.
Well, we didn’t get it done in one weekend; but we did get it done throughout one week! It’s amazing how quickly these small trees and plants make a big difference – the yard already feels more inviting, like a place we’d actually want to hang out. We now have even more ideas and more ambition to get it all done as soon as possible! Stay tuned – hopefully we’ll put in a pergola next!)