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From an Ugly Dirt Yard to a Beautiful Oasis

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When we moved into our house 2 years ago it had been abandoned for 3 years. The front yard was nothing but dirt with an ugly cypress within sight line of the front door. Two trees on the side of the lot was the only bit of color the lot had. We now have a beautiful front yard..
When we first moved here there wasn't anything in the front yard except dirt. There was a big elm tree and a weeping fig on the side of the lot but that was all. Near the end of the sidewalk was one huge ugly cypress that was in direct line with the front door. That was the first to go. then, since we live at the edge of the Mohave desert we didn't want to plant grass. Instead we just covered the main portion with gravel. It stayed that way for another year. And then we did this.
We had an old wrought iron table that didn't have a top. We found 2 old boards on the side of the road (score!) that fit perfectly on top. Hubby had made the birdhouse several years ago and it looks perfect along with a clay chicken pot and gorgeous sweet potato plant. Rusty the dog agrees!
After we placed the rock and mulch we decided to make a small patio using Sedona flagstones. We took plastic planters and spray painted them, then turned 2 upside down and the smallest one right side up and filled that one with bird seed
Drought tolerant plants need watering once a week. Here we have a rose, a native grass and a rosemary plant.
We needed a bit of color so we hung bike rims and tires from the trees after spray painting them. It took us 4 days to lay the rock, mulch and flagstones. Pretty good improvement we think.I love how our yard blends in with the neighbors. The folks living on the street say it reminds them of a park.

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  • Red Cottage Chronicles
    Red Cottage Chronicles Canada
    on Sep 6, 2015

    Wow, what a transformation. Looks awesome!

  • Kathie Elia
    Kathie Elia Hurricane, UT
    on Sep 6, 2015

    Thank you Maureen! The Zion rock is beautiful with colors running from red, purples, cream and occasional green threads running through them. The great thing about the rock is that it won't break down. When it is wet the colors deepen and just pop!

  • Barb Rosen
    Barb Rosen Wilmington, DE
    on Sep 6, 2015

    What a nifty and water-thrifty landscape you created! : )

  • Angela Herremans
    Angela Herremans Australia
    on Sep 8, 2015

    Wow that looks fantastic :-) I do love the bike wheels :-) I have been collecting old bike wheels for a while as I was going to use them to make some been runners :-) but I think I love your idea better :-) Thank you for the inspiration :-)

    • Angela Herremans
      Angela Herremans Australia
      on Sep 9, 2015

      Thank you I will :-) Dad keeps saying to me when I start painting anything "pink with pulsating green polka dots" so I think I will surprise him this time and do just that for him :-) I have some old vintage tractor wheels and I mean vintage :-) but I am painting them bright red in Mums memory it was her favourite colour :-) and then with some of the car wheels reams old vintage ones again I will do purple as that's my colour :-) and of course the bike wheels in Dads colour mix :-) I have some old water pump caps from the towns old water cleaning plant they look like urns but I think I will leave them the rusty colour as I love the look :-) and they will make great planter pots once I put a tractor wheel rim ontop of it :-) I have found so many great ideas since finding the site :-) will have to set up a page and put some photos of some my projects :-)

  • Bettye Johnson
    Bettye Johnson Frankfort, KY
    on Sep 8, 2015

    Very creative!!!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!!

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