5.04.2013

Spring Landscaping Progress: Part 2

It's a rainy weekend here in Georgia and we are planted on the sofa watching the Kentucky Derby.
We've been doing a major landscape renovation at our house for the past several months.
You can see previous posts here.
 This was when we purchased the house.
 This was about 3 months after we moved in (notice the underbrush).
 This is during the clearing out phase (Jan.-March 2013). Notice the stumps.
 As you can see, these wooded areas were completely overgrown and unkempt.
A year ago exactly I began creating a mental picture of what I wanted the front yard to look like.
I literally spent hours walking around, drawing sketches, measuring, and dissecting this area of our property.
I also began clearing out the underbrush by hand and Brandon cut down several sweet gum trees.
Once I got everything cleaned out I called a local tree service company to come out and grind up all of the stumps that were left behind.
Let me just tell you how awesome this company was-they were miracle workers and made all the difference.
It was well worth every single penny we spent. 
Not only did they grind up every stump, the mulched all of the trees Brandon had cut down and they did such a great job cleaning up that you couldn't even tell they had been there. 
They even cut down a few more trees that were in the way and leveled everything out.
If you live in Middle Georgia I highly recommend All Seasons Tree Service.
 After the stump grinding...
 Mulching up that huge pile of trees along the edge of the property line.
 Mulching up another huge pile of cut down sweet gum trees in the back yard.
 Spreading the mulch.
 I created a rock lined pathway to divide the two areas.
 Since then we've planted 2 Kwanzan Cherry trees, 2 Yoschino Cherry trees, 4 Southern Magnolias, 1 Saucer Magnolia, 1 Jane Magnolia, about 30 Azaleas, hosta, hydrangeas, and several other perennials.
**We aren't finished yet, but you can get the general idea. **
As you can see we lined the beds with huge river rocks that we found around our property.
We still have to get a load of pea gravel for the pathway and we have to finish putting out the pine straw in the islands.
I also have some other things left to plant and I have to hang the Spanish Moss.
Do you see my "Savannah Girl?" She is the statue that's on the cover of the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
I love her because she is just a piece of Savannah that we've brought here with us.
We were so surprised that everything we planted has bloomed already!
Cherry blossoms
Azaleas
Knockout Roses
Saucer and Jane Magnolias
Dogwoods
Irises and Hosta
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I absolutely can't wait to get the final details of the front finished!
Then it will be onto the wooded areas beside and behind our house in the years to come.
Landscaping is one of those things that is extremely time consuming and can get incredibly expensive.
We saved money by doing the majority of the work ourselves, plus it just means more when you've used your own hands.
Landscaping is so important to the curb appeal and value of your home that it is always a good idea to invest in landscaping as early as possible in the event that if you do have to sell your foliage will be more mature and add more value.
"The earth laughs in flowers." E. E. Cummings

31 comments:

  1. Love it! How many acres do y'all have?

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  2. Cherish,

    I found your blog through Kelly's Korner and I have a new favorite blog to read! I think I've gone back a year and read your story! You are a true southern lady and beautiful woman of God! I started blogging to encourage women in their singleness and in faith and I LOVE your blog! I love your fashion, your home and your fitness! You're my inspiration! I am in nursing school and am working for a vet so I LOVE all the animal posts, too! The vet I work for is a family owned and run business so I can relate to long hours! I love,love, love Luke Bryan, coastal design and Jesus! We could be real life friends! :) happy Saturday!!

    www.southernsamplings.blogspot.com

    Katelyn

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    1. Hey Katelyn!! I am thrilled that you found me! Thank you for taking the time to write me and introduce yourself!! I am so excited to get to know you, especially since we have so much in common! That's awesome you're in nursing school and working for a Vet! :) I can't wait to read your blog! Lots of love and hugs to you!! xoxo

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  3. Cherish, do you want to come to my house and tell me what I need to do next time you're in N.Georgia? Ha! I have wooded areas EVERYWHERE that I need to do something with. Looks AWESOME!!!

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    1. Katie, I would seriously love to!!! :) Wooded areas are tough, I admit, but getting them cleaned up and planting azaleas and dogwoods amongst the trees can create a beautiful setting. Thank you so much! :) xoxo

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  4. Oh my goodness friend! I am so jealous and in awe of your house! It is SO beautiful! I keep telling my husband we need to move to the south :) I can't wait to see the finished look :)

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    1. Gentel, you are so thoughtful! Thank you! Yes, move South-you won't regret it! ;) xoxo

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  5. Great work on your landscaping! It is gorgeous. Don't you just love how God made all of these beautiful things for us to enjoy? Your yard is going to look like The Masters Golf Course soon. I love it.

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    1. Thank you so much, Maria! I sure do! I admit that the Master's certainly influenced my design being that we live in Georgia and all. :) Have a wonderful week! xoxo

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  6. It looks SO GOOD! That seems like a lot of work! Y'all should be proud! Cannot wait to see those Magnolia's blooming!

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    1. Thank you, Jenna! It was a tremendous amount of work and I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel like throwing my hands up and quitting on a number of occasions. But, I kept reminding myself that it would all be worth it. I can't wait to see the magnolias either :). Have a lovely week! xoxo

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  7. Such a pretty yard and especially with all of the blooms! :)

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  8. Good gracious that is beautiful!! You really have a good eye for landscaping!! I can never see the results like you can!

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    1. Brooke! Thank you so much!! I will say that the older I get the easier it gets to get a vision for something. I think the more I see the more I am inspired. :) xoxo

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous! I love how you captured all of the progress along the way. Love the rock lined pathway. Your house has got to be one of my favorites that I see among all of these awesome blogs! You have such gorgeous taste!

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    1. You are TOO sweet! Thank you SO much! That means the world to me-you've made my week! :) Can't wait to see the sweet princess when she arrives!! :) xoxo

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  10. Your creation is so beautiful! I'm in love with the pathway idea. Your house is absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to see it when it's finished!
    ~Ashlee
    http://ashleenikol.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Ashlee! You are so sweet! :) Have a lovely week!! xoxo

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  11. Everything looks so good Cherish! Now come do mine ;)

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  12. Cannot wait to start working on our landscaping soon - the package our builder provided was a bit boring. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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    1. Ashley! I am so excited for you as you begin your own landscaping project! I'm sorry the builder's choices were boring, but unfortunately that is more often than not the case when it comes to builders. But, at least you get to make it your own and choose plants and flowers that YOU like! :) Good luck! xoxo

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