Landscaping: JaG Style

I’m not gonna lie. I love my house. While I definitely have complaints about how much work we have to do because my husband we wanted to live on a large piece of land, I do love how it looks when that work is finally complete. Well, it’s never complete…you know what I mean.

colonial house

Because my husband is so cheap we wanted to save money, we put in the entire yard and landscaping by ourselves. With a 1-year old and a 4-year old. We’re crazy. While I was tolerant of the side landscaping we did, I was never thrilled. It wasn’t to scale with our yard and house, and we started to let it go because of our frustration.

landscaping before

Last fall, I took it upon myself to start ripping up the landscaping to redo it. This is how far I got. Let me be clear for you. This was HARD work. So I left it at that. Spray painting something is way easier.

landscaping before

The weather finally started to break this year, so I threw out an ultimatum for my husband. He does well with those about 50% of the time. It was the risk I was willing to take. It was either “hire a company to finish it up for us” or “hire a couple of my students to help us”. I’m sure you can guess which one he chose.

slope landscaping

It took us two afternoons, and we’re not even close to being done. Thanks to my brilliant plan, we extended the landscaping by about 10 feet. Husband asked, “Why?” I responded with, “So it’ll meet up with the patio you’re going to put in next month.” The element of surprise, people. I’ve always got it.

curved landscaping

Here are the “four men” hard at work. A.k.a student hard at work, son eating an ice cream, husband opening an ice cream, Nemesis waiting for his ice cream to be swallowed whole.


Wanna see the progress? It may not seem like we did very much, but this is SUCH a daunting job. Digging and edging and shoveling and raking. I think it’s turning out beautifully, and I can’t wait to start planting! It’s gonna be priority #1 for awhile, so you’ll just have to bare with me. landscaping hill

Speaking of transformations, here is the Nemesis on day one of landscaping. So handsome, right? This is his “I’m looking at you with one eye, your student with the other eye, and my ears are listening to the kids playing behind me” look.

bull mastif

Day two of landscaping. I have no words.

junkyard dog





I’m off to take a bottle of motrin and sit in a bath of aloe vera. I hope you had a great weekend!

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