Backyard Before - After
As with my front lawn, I declared war on my weed infested grass and vowed to retire my bad tempered, smelly and dysfunctional lawn mower for ever. The results are quite satisfactory but I do need to spend a small fortune on shrubs and flowering plants now.
2 of 26: Replaced by some 'low grade' mulch under which is a layer of 20 year weed fabric. Planted some fruit trees.
3 of 26: Made a winding gravel path to separate a garden area (with no weed fabric underneath) on the left with the mulch area on the right.
7 of 26: Different kind of mulch for contrast. The Golden mulch (cedar bark) is more expensive but worth it especially if used in the front yard.
9 of 26: Bottom right after landscaping.All mulch and gravel areas have 20 year weed fabric underneath.
11 of 26: Same view later. Used dirt from the pond to make raised flower bed in the flower / rhubarb area on the right.
13 of 26: Different mulches add contrast but I still need to add flowering plants that deer wouldn't even sniff at.
16 of 26: Firepit, relaxation area with 16 X 16 concrete slabs bought from Rona and laid directly on weed fabric.
18 of 26: Same strawberry patch. Path is made by tree bark collected from nearby lake on mulch covered weed fabric.
19 of 26: To make the pond level I had to raise the ground by about 3 feet. Some old concrete 'footsteps' prop up the front side.
20 of 26: See 'Anatomy of a pond' description of how to make this pond. Large views on http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/album/563265606OfLzmz?vhost=home-and-garden
24 of 26: The sod taken from the lawn is turned upside down to make the smaller pond and strawberries are planted. Mulch keeps moisture in.