Cheaper than Therapy

Lynn in Hudsonville, MI

What once started out as just a plain yard has, over the last 12 years, become a hobby for my husband and myself. The goal each year is to have less grass to mow. Maybe we will get there some day.

Back Yard Deck Fence Flower Close-ups Garden Hardscape Large (5,000 - 10,000 sq ft.) Lawn Medium (1,000 - 5,000 sq ft.) Patio Pond Side Yard Small (Under 1,000 sq ft.) Stone / Rock Water Garden Water-Wise

1 of 30: Leopard frog in late spring

2 of 30: Larger pond in back yard

3 of 30: Clematis by the side of the house

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7 of 30: New bat house placed this summer ('10) on chimney. Hope to see bats use it next summer.

8 of 30: Antique bottles I bought at an antique show. Wrapped wire around the neck and then tied rafia around it.

9 of 30: Come spring, the chickadees are the first to nest in the bird houses. Later come the wrens.

10 of 30: Wrens like the condos.

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12 of 30: Flea market find. Stapled landscape fabric to the bottom and plugged in chicks and hens.

13 of 30: View of the back of the house. Pergola covered with Concord grape vines.

14 of 30: Thus the butterfly in butterfly bush.

15 of 30: Fenced in garden area to keep the rabbits out.

16 of 30: I harvested potatoes for the first time from my small garden.