Monday, May 16, 2011

Our First Outdoor Transplant!

With the amazing weather we had this last weekend, Devin and I decided to tackle some front yard work that we have been discussing since we moved in basically.  We had some wonky landscaping that needed to be "dealt with".  Aside from desperately needing some pruning and trimming, the front yard was in need of some TLC since we like to see the front of our house when we come home.  I don't know if the previous owners were afraid of the house being seen or if yard work was just not their thing, but man did it need some work.  Below is a pic of the house prior to moving in.  Just see if you can find the front door.  
      

NOPE!  No front door to be seen.  We could barely walk in the front yard because the tree limbs were so low.  Devin couldn't wait to start trimming the tree, he did a little trimming before we moved in while we were painting the interior. 

So last weekend we focused on the Mountain Laurel that is right smack in front of the column of the porch and that pesky little shrub that is right smack in front of the walk to the porch.  Devin also has to park carefully in the drive to avoid hitting the darn thing with his car door or having to step out onto shrub!

Prior to our work this weekend
The Mountain Laurel was getting the hack job.  I was debating on this for the now two years that we have lived in the house.  Because the laurels are so pretty, I wanted to move one of them to the back yard somewhere but finally opted to just cut it down.  The number one reason was because of the size of it and the number 2 reason was because I didn't know where I wanted to put it in the back yard and decided we could just plant a new one if we decided to. 

Bye Bye sweet Laurel

One last view of the laurel blocking the front of the house
Our goal was to open up the front of the house and make it more inviting.  We realized this more than ever after the house was painted and you couldn't see the beautiful paint job!  Before we were totally happy to cover the fact that it needed to be painted so badly. 

After the laurel was cut down
We ended up leaving about a foot of laurel trunk to keep as a bush for now.  We may eventually dig up the root ball and get rid of the entire thing, but we just couldn't bring ourselves to do it then.  I LOVE the way the entry just opened up after it was gone!

The view of BOTH columns leading to our front porch
We also took the opportunity to get the planting bed cleaned up and ready to re-edge with new metal edging, add new plants and new mulch. 

Laurel gone and planting bed getting cleared
We also got the area ready for transplanting the shrub that was in front of the walkway!  We are going to move all three shrubs adjacent to the front walkway to the front of the porch railing to create the taller background of the planting bed and open up the walk even more.   

Devin working hard and wondering what I was working on I'm sure

So far we have moved the one shrub that was the main issue.

Shrub dug out and placed where we will plant it
Devin was super pleased with how simple it was to dig out the shrub.  This is officially our first transplant (as our post title describes) and it was a little daunting.  Luckily Devin and I (yes I helped dig out the plant) were a great team and the whole process took like 15 minutes.

Shrub waiting for it's hole to be dug
 TaDa!  Just look how beautiful the front of our house looks now!  Well it's a start at least.  It will be much prettier once the project is complete.

Transplant complete!
At least now you can see our front door from the street and see the walk (that we eventually will expand out towards the street) to the front door. 


To remind you, here is the before...


and after...


I would say it is an improvement with many more to come I'm sure!

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