I can't believe the nerve of those weeds. I tried so hard to prevent them. First I sprayed weed and grass killer down, then a couple of weeks later I weeded the flower beds. After the beds were weed free (or so I thought), I sprinkled on some Preen. Then mulched them and added more Preen. So I was a bit peeved when I saw weeds poking their nasty little heads through my freshly mulched flower beds. But since I spent a lot of time, not to mention money, on getting these flower beds into shape, I am determined to keep them weed free. Here is my plan: the kids play outside everyday in the summer anyway, so I'll just take a stroll around the flower beds to check for and eliminate any weeds I see. I'll pluck them out or spray them with more weed killer depending on my mood and the severity of the weeds.
OK, so it's taken me just over a month to get my flower beds weeded, pruned and mulched but I did, I really did it! I was actually finished with the flower beds on Wednesday but then a downpour hit so I didn't get to take the final pictures. So without further ado, here are the 11 flower bed before and after shots. Prepare for picture overload.
1. West side of driveway
I neglected to take pictures when I started this project so I don't have a before shot.
Here is what it looks like now from the top of the driveway looking down.
2. East side of driveway
3. Tree out front
In this before shot you can see the driveway flower beds, but not close enough to notice all the weeds. Pretty much anything that looks brown, is a weed. And not all of the green stuff in the flower beds are flowers, some of those are weeds too.
4. West front flower bed
This picture below is after pruning but before weeding and mulching.
5.East front flower bed
6. East side flower bed
Before view looking from front yard to back yard.
Before view looking from back yard to front yard.
Thought I had my drainage problem solved, even added more rocks, but after Wednesday's rainstorm I found mulch in the vent. I'll probably just keep adding more rocks, maybe some bigger ones closer to the vent to prevent mulch from getting in there.
7. Patio flower bed
The dramatic after:
I even added a little table and chairs to cozy things up a bit.
8. Little flower bed in back yard next to the patio
9. Rear east side flower bed
10. West back flower bed
11. Back driveway flower bed
In case you wanted to see all the posts about how I finally got my flower beds under control, here they are starting from the beginning:
Getting my flower beds under control
Side flower beds
Front porch flower pots
Patio flower beds part 1
Front flower beds
Patio flower beds part 2
Patio flower beds part 3
Patio flower beds part 4
Patio flower beds update
Another flower bed done
Yard work attire, a tire, I'm tired
The last of the flower beds
Phew! I am so glad that project is done. Well, it needs to be maintained so I can't totally put it behind me, but at least my yard is looking nice. I've been putting off this project for years. In fact, the last time we mulched the flower beds was in 2009. I've done a little weeding and pruning since then, but not much. Breaking the project down into smaller parts and doing a little bit each day (well, not every day but most weekdays) really helped me to get the job done, even if it did take me a month to do it. At least now our yard looks great.
Except for this spot:
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