Nellie and Ludo are ready for action.
Notice the brownness of the grass. Not just neglect, this dead lawn was achieved with several doses of roundup, which will likely result in children with extra appendages. After the grass was good and dead, I beat it back further with the weedwacker before the planting began.
Side yard before.
With Caitlin's guidance, we plotted out the location of each plant according to her vision.
Jon and Caitlin on a Friday with all our plants in tow. Overall our goal was to use plants that would be low-maintenance and or native to North Carolina.
The plants are small now, but should really take off in the next few years to fill out the yard.
Caitlin was great about taking the time to select and plot out locations based on water, aesthetic, and sun-needs.
The planting areas along the left-fence and inside the triangle be for veggies, but we already have 3 blueberry bushes in the ground. SCIENCE FACT: Blueberry bushes require pine bark mulch because regular mulch changes the pH of the soil in a way that makes it difficult for blueberries to thrive.
It's really amazing how far this space has come in just a few months.
I got a fancy new phone so get ready for lots of panoramic shots in future blog posts. Click the pictures to view larger versions.
Nellie's friend, Ariel, came by and was a huge help on Saturday.
Another set of hands totally increased productivity. Thanks, Ariel!
Front yard progress.
Now, mulching forever.
Enter the dump truck of mulch. I'm still amazed at how much mulch got moved in a few days time.
For each plant, we dug holes and mixed a few shovel-fulls of compost into the soil. Luckily, we've had pretty steady rain since planting so we haven't had to do a lot of manual watering.
So much mulch.
The grass will grow around these blue stone pavers. A metal barrier was put into separate the grass from the natural area.
To come: follow-up pictures of our planting beds and "lawn." Both have taken off like gang busters since the seeds went down.