Jurassic Park to My Front Yard

Hi everyone, I am sorry for my absence this week. I hated not being able to post and connect with you. Now that I am over the hurdle, I finally have time to write a post and let you know what has kept my attention this last week.

A year ago this month, my husband and I bought our first house. The house is a fixer-upper but we loved it and are not afraid of a little hard work. Which brings me to our yard. Welcome to Jurassic Park, I mean my front yard…

Pretty much if you could think of it, it was in our yard. Our house sits on half an acre but most of that was covered in trees, brush, random flowers, bushes, and ferns.. oh the ferns. It was a nightmare. Everyone know who we were based on our yard. The first thing all four of our neighbors said to us when we moved in was, “So, are you going to do anything to the yard?” It really is as bad and the pictures look.

Phase One:

Last Fall I just couldn’t handle it anymore. My husband and I spent all summer working on the back yard (which was just as bad as the front) and didn’t touch the front. There is just only so much I can handle and I was at my breaking point. I went out into the front yard with the mindset that I would just take care of the ferns. But once I got started, I just couldn’t stop.

After words I felt so much better! Our front yard no longer resembled Jurassic Park and you could actually see our house from the street. Even though this was a great improvement, there still was a lot of work needing to be done.


The previous owner not only brought in mounds of dirt, she also brought in piles upon piles of wood chips and rocks.

Phase Two:

So this brings us to this week. We actually weren’t planning on tackling the front yard just yet. But our neighbor across the street came over and asked if me wanted to use his skid loader, free of charge. We couldn’t afford to turn that offer down and got started. While my husband worked during the day and the kids were taking a nap, I was busy transplanting, digging, and moving the flowers/plants I wanted to keep.


When my husband would come home, he would jump in the skid loader and start leveling, digging, and removing all the dirt, shrubs, tree stumps, etc.  from the yard. Then it got to the point while he was doing that, I was doing the same thing but with a shovel. Once everything was removed, we took to the rakes and had to manually pick up or rake the rest of the wood chips and rocks.

I can’t even begin to explain how much my back, hips, and hands kill. We added three perennial gardens with a boarder to keep the wood chips where they belong.


I know the yard is not done and still needs some work. Today we are going to put grass seed down with mulch on top. But I can’t help but feel like the yard looks better. I know it’s a dirt yard right now but it’s better than the forest it was.

Again, I apologize for being away but I had no choice. Let me know what you think of the transformation. I hope we didn’t make it worse. All I want is to not be the disgrace of the neighborhood. And I think we are almost there..




2 thoughts on “Jurassic Park to My Front Yard

  1. I will admit when I was removing all the ferns, I was a little worried a dilophosaur would come out. But thank you!! It has been so much work but hopefully we are almost at the spot were we can relax and enjoy.

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