Backyard Makeover

Bryan in Castro Valley, CA

Our back yard is split into two halves...the patio half and the grass/flower bed half. I did the patio half 3 years ago, but the other half has not got the attention it deserves until now. So this past week, we hired ArborTeck Tree Care & Landscaping of Hayward, CA. They removed a tree to open the yard up a bit, not to mention clean up all of the roots that had come to the surface. This allowed us to replace the sod and create a new raised planter on the side. They dressed up all of the flower beds with weed mat and mulch, plus replaced all our sprinklers and put in a drip system for the beds. We couldn't be happier with the finished product.

Back Yard Before & After Fence Flower Close-ups Garden Lawn Outdoor Kitchen Small (Under 1,000 sq ft.)

1 of 7: Before...

2 of 7: At the end of day one, the tree is gone and the grass is dug up.

3 of 7: The finished product! New sod, planter, and used black mulch for all the beds.

4 of 7: Here's the new bed they built for us. I still need to stain the wood.

5 of 7

6 of 7: Corner of the yard.

7 of 7: Not part of the job, but thought I'd show our planter on the patio.

Comments / Questions

Bryan 2 years ago

Thanks Ron & Diane. I'll get an updated picture in here...the planter has really filled in since this was last taken.

Ron 2 years ago

Bryan very very nice ya'll must be very proud

diane 2 years ago

Love it!

Mattemma 4 years ago

They did a good job.Much better without that tree.Good choice.

Bryan 4 years ago

Thanks so much Geraldine! Those pics are from last summer. As soon as my hydrangeas bloom in the next month or so, I'll put up the updated pics. We are very happy with our decision to remove that tree.

Geraldine Dean 4 years ago

I love the transformation Bryan. Geting rid of the tree really opened the space up. Your patio and BBQ area looks so cozy and inviting..., I can almost smell the food grilling now, what's on the menu Bryan ?...;-)

shelia 5 years ago

this is beautiful. with the lovely yard and great bbq area, i'm sure this is everyones favorite hang-out!

Lark 5 years ago

Great job Bryan. Looks like the perfect place for the girls to play, which probably influenced you to get this done. I like the raised bed. As you little ones get older, it will be the perfect place to show them where veggies come from. They would love it! It looks like you may have a pretty view...some more pics, please. Your yard is a perfect size for a busy man like yourself. Big enough to ENTERTAIN and small enough to MAINTAIN.

Kim 3 5 years ago

Thanks for visiting my yard. Your yard and bbq are great. Looks like you are on the side of a hill or mountain. I bet you have great views. I love to go to the mountains and look at the beautiful views. It would be even better just to look out back and enjoy a good view. I need to tackle the backyard more next year. For some reason it was taken over with weeds this summer. This job is never done!!

Bryan 5 years ago

Thanks Judith!

Judith Zitiello 5 years ago

This is such a beautiful transformation. Great job! I give you an inspiration vote! LOVE the planter boxes and flowers.

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