Backyard Makeover by Gardens4u

In a previous post I talked about a makeover Gardens4u started in a friend’s backyard last fall. This client wanted a small patio surrounded by gardens with very little grass to cut. She also requested the cost be kept to a minimum.  

We started by layering newspaper, soil, and leaves in the area that was to be garden, leaving it over the winter months to decompose.  This spring it was dark, rich soil with only a few pieces of newspaper remaining to be raked up from the garden bed.  The lesson learned here was to ensure the newspapers are applied thickly and overlapping so that the grass is completely smothered.  The newspapers must then be completely covered by soil and leaves; you cannot have too much soil or too many leaves.  The newspaper should not be visible.  The layers must then be wet well to prevent the leaves from blowing around.

Plants recycled from other gardens were added throughout the summer, then mulch to complete the garden area.  I prefer the black cedar mulch as it compliments the green plants and smells great.

The patio was constructed using pavers discarded by another friend who was replacing the pavers from her sidewalk with interlocking brick. She happened to live close to this project, an added bonus.  The patio is just large enough to fit a few lawn chairs or a lounger.

backyard garden project

Next, stepping stones were added leading from the deck and patio to the small patch of the remaining lawn. More plants and additional mulch were then added around the patio, deck, and pathway..

backyard garden project

The final step was to treat the lawn for weeds, then overseed it so that by next spring it will be lush and green, complimenting the rest of the yard.  Be sure to wait at least six weeks after treating for weeds to overseed your lawn so your new grass sprouts will not be affected by the weed treatment.

The makeover was a complete success, with cost kept to a minimum by using recycled materials as well as the homeowner’s and her son’s muscle power:

I can’t wait until next season, to see how it looks when the plants have a chance to settle into their new homes.  Next spring I will edge the garden area so there is a distinct demarcation line between the garden and lawn, and so cutting the lawn will be simple…stay tuned!

One thought on “Backyard Makeover by Gardens4u

  1. It has been a great experience to watch the garden’s
    transformation. It was well worth all the work.
    Can’t wait until spring as well to see the fruit of
    everyone’s labour!! Thank you, Lori! I could not have
    accomplished this without you!

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