Love my backyard, but after a rainstorm it turns into a lake! I've decided to completely get rid of the grass and transform it into a beautiful, peaceful flower garden retreat. I will not
only be adding soil to the low spots which will help redirect the water, but I will create a beautiful space where I would much rather spend my time with the flowers and plants than cutting the grass :) Huge undertaking, but I am psyched up for it!
So far, I have used some "lasagna gardening" techniques- covered all of the grass (and weeds!) with newspaper, cardboard or paper yard refuse bags. Second step, top that with garden soil mix. I am waiting until I'm sure there are no more frost advisories before I start to plant my flowers and vines. I've started collecting the seedlings I'm going to plant as well as growing some from seeds. (I've got an ENTIRE back yard to fill with flowers!!!) I've been planning my secret garden layout and I can't wait until I can actually start planting my flowers! Wish me luck!
I had so much fun putting my "Polatems" together. I collected beautiful pots and plates from Goodwill and garage sales. I dug a hole 12" deep intserted a piece of rebar, which can be purchased at a hardware store in any length of your choice. Fill the hole with concrete. Level the rebar to make it straight. Once the concrete dries..overnight is good, start putting the pots and plates onto the rebar in an artistic order, gluing them as you go..I used glass glue from the hardware
store, it comes in a caulking tube. Use a level to keep each pot or plate straight. You can add pieces in the middle such as a metal dish from an old firepit as a planter or even a terricotta planter. Just be creative. Top it off with a glass ball, a ceramic bird or whatever suits you fancy. There you have it ...Enjoy and watch the birds..even the Hummers like the colors.
A fun and quick project that is great to do with your kids. We did this last spring and we keep updating it for the seasons. We tried to "think out of the box" in terms of the house and furniture to come with fun options.
I just finished making these sunflowers out of brown paper! They were so easy and are going to be used as party decorations. But these would be beautiful in a little girl's room also! Check out my link below for a detailed tutorial. Thanks.
@Bernice, Here they are, mushrooms, flowers and gnomes in all their glory!. The neighbor thinks they look like radar dishes for talking to aliens hahaha. I was going for the sun kissed
upturned look. They are mostly metal except the small one on the left in the picture, The glue didn't hold on the big one behind the trellis so version B will be completed by drilling a hole in the middle and using bolts, lock washers and nuts to hold it all together.