Charles' Humble efforts

charles in Canada

An attempt to transform a 40 year old weed infested lawn into a water efficient, low maintenance and lawnmower-free beautiful area.

Before & After Curb Appeal Front Yard Water-Wise

1 of 13: Front yard still looks horrible in spite of path and other minor efforts.

2 of 13: Many weeks of hard work later I can now put away my lawn mower.

3 of 13: I put 20 year weed fabric under all gravel and mulch areas with the exception of along the path where I wanted low ground cover to take over.

4 of 13: Left side of the lawn as it used to look with a lot of pretty yellow weeds all over the place.

5 of 13: Left area after extensive landscaping.

6 of 13: I figured a small pond would complement this flower bed.

7 of 13: View from an inside window.

8 of 13: This small 100 gals pond soon became a favorite meeting spot for herons who found my goldfish particularly tasty.

9 of 13: View from the left side at my herb garden. Tulips looks good but they'll soon disappear. Outdoor timer controls path lights and pond.

10 of 13: This is a very unimaginative front path which didn't last long after I bought the property.

11 of 13: Much better front path now. I love curves!

12 of 13: Herb area on the left; weeping Maple (not yet woken up to Spring) and a Rhodendrum still sulking because I cut it down from a bulky overgrown mess to its present shape.

13 of 13: Stone dolphin. Surprisingly easy to make if you prepare the area into squares matching a small picture and then sort out all those gray, white and black stones.

Comments / Questions

bonnie lee

Please come and do my yard. Yours is wonderful!


Nice solution to the weeding problem. Job well done. Looks Great!


Looks great!! Well done

Nothing humble about this yard! What a change. Excellent job.

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