Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I'm Here For The Party...

Or "Why I spent 23 hours in one weekend landscaping."

So Rancher Ron is getting married this month, and let's just say that the ol' farm house is not going to be featured in Dwell magazine any time soon. If this house was on Match.com, you'd say it has a good personality.

Here's a picture from a while back when we were building the garden, but if you look in the background, you can see the back of the house. They planted a tree too close to the house that completely discolored the vinyl siding. In fact, this side (the south side) of the house was pretty nasty.

It was covered in this green/brown gunk in various stages of "gross!" And since I didn't have a pressure washer, I went and bought a telescoping brush made to clean RVs and just started scrubbing the outside of the house.

It was nothing short of miraculous! What an amazing difference. But it was kind of like a sweater unraveling. Once you start on the back, then you notice how dirty the side is... then the front... then the other side, etc. You'll also notice that me and Neighbor Bill ripped out the tree and the gnarly bushes that must have been on sale that day, because they planted them everywhere.

I also paid a neighborhood kid called Dwight $10 an hour to prep the side of the deck for landscaping.

Then it was time to call in the big guns! I pleaded with the future Mother-In-Law for a little help - who am I kidding - a lot of help, and she showed up on Sunday with her shovel, ready to go. LD was the mastermind behind the first stages of our landscaping, so I figured she would have some more good ideas for the rest of the house.

We went to our local Mega Wal-Mart and dropped about $200 on plants and bark. Here's a video of how the front of the yard turned out:

The only thing left was the back of the house. Gerty and Frank, our dogs, like to lounge in that flower bed on hot days, so we decided to just put in a few big bushes and then a couple of pots with some flowering plants.
Here's how the back turned out. There's another matching pot off camera to the left. LD is going to bring by some more flowers from her home garden to finish out the pots.

I also picked up a cedar bench for the front porch and gave it a good scrub down. And I replaced the top on that little box that covers some plumbing. It had a ratty piece of particle board on it. I cut some nice fir and gave them a few coats of clear finish. Much better.

Well, at least the outside of the house is ready for the party. I just wish I could take the hose and scrub brush to the inside of the house too!

See you next time~