Yard is Hard, Part II: Clean Up On Aisle Grass

Hey guys! We’re back today with Part II of our front garden bed progress (check our Part I: Attack of the Palmzillas here). Things have been super green and beautiful around here lately.

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It’s very picturesque! Until you look a bit closer at our garden beds…

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Holy poopsicles Batman! An army of grass has infiltrated!! How did this happen?! (St. Augustine grass is a beast.) Did we really neglect things long enough for this to take place? (Yes.)

So we pulled that grass ASAP. It was quite satisfying. But we knew we couldn’t let this happen again. It was time to finish what we started two months ago: tackling our garden beds.

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So here were the problems we faced:

  • Pulling out the palms left us with big unsightly dirt pits on either side of our front door (something we mentioned fixing in our big to-do list). Not exactly the first thing you want greeting people who show up at your door. So we needed to prettify things there.

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  • You’ll also notice in the picture above that pulling up the palms revealed some weed barrier fabric and part of what must have been an irrigation system at some point. Those needed to be removed as well.
  • We weren’t crazy about our rosemary. It was taking over, and even though it smells nice it wasn’t the prettiest plant. It was actually kinda scruffy, especially that woody part in the back.

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  • We needed to either seriously trim back the grasses that lined the walk way (see em in the picture above?) or get rid of them altogether.
  • We needed mulch (ours was skimpy/nonexistent in most areas) so that the grass and weeds had a harder time popping up (and because it looks pretty!)

Before we could do anything else, we needed to remove that old weed barrier. It was already exposed in several places and it was deteriorating into this furry-like material so it looked like we had patches of dead rabbit in our garden (awesome).

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We had to wrestle with it a bit to dig it up from underneath the dirt while crawling under/behind plants, but overall it was pretty easy.

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And when we pulled up the weed barrier, the rosemary (and a good chunk of the grass) came too!

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We dug up the rest of the grass with our shovel/hands.

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Here is is before digging up the grass and rosemary (and before trimming that crazy looking bush on the left):

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And here it is after we cleaned her up! It’s like our walkway can breathe again.

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We didn’t stop at the garden beds though. We decided to give our lawn a little love and attempt to get that nice clean edge (so we don’t get yelled at anymore). When Evan started edging, we realized that our beastly grass had actually grown over our driveway by about 4 inches!! And it took the dirt with it!!! See the darker part of our driveway along the edge? That’s how far out the grass had grown. Seriously this stuff is relentless.

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After all this digging up and de-grassing, things were ready to mulch! Check in tomorrow and we’ll share how we tackled the third and final step of project garden bed.

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2 Responses to Yard is Hard, Part II: Clean Up On Aisle Grass

  1. Yvonne July 17, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    I love how you blog daily from the get go. I’m not there yet, at all. :) Most projects take me a weekend or a week to finish.

    On a moot point, it’s interesting how grass is a weed for your landscape. I read a blog post last week about a Texan who couldn’t get grass to grow for years on her property until recently. Looking forward to seeing that mulch.

  2. Katelyn Shibley July 17, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Thanks! I try, though when we first started the blog back in February things were much more sporadic. I hope I can keep it up but things might get crazy as we get closer to our wedding! And yes, seriously our grass was like a weed. Texas can have some pretty intense heat though so I can see how it could be hard to get your grass growing if it wasn’t already there.

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