Monday, August 29, 2011

A Hill Makeover

Hello! Hope you had a great weekend. We are keeping all those who are recovering from the effects of the hurricane in our prayers. We did not even get a drop of rain...a little too far from the coast.

For those of you who are interested, here are the hill pictures I promised. Last week we embarked on the huge job of transforming the gigantic hill in our background. This is what the backyard looked like when we looked at the house to buy it (March): By the time we moved in (June), the hill had weeds covering it. The weeds were all grown over tarp so the first job (and the worst job) was removing the weeds, dirt AND tarp.

We spent last week figuring out what we wanted to do with the hill and shopping for supplies. We re-weeded the hill and then planted juniper (to hopefully spread and cover the hill in the next few years), heather and a few bushes.

My husband installed the steps and the small wall that will be a large planting area....eventually. That area that has the steps is terraced so we will put a bench there for a sitting area.

Right now our main priority was to get the hill cleaned up, planted and mulched. We will finish up the cosmetic stuff (bench, the addition of two bushes at the top of the steps to hide top supports, etc. in a few weeks.

But for now.....we are taking a little break. It was a lot of hard work to haul mulch up the hill in a wheelbarrow 70 gazillion times and I need time to forget :) !

ETA: (after a question about it!) We have a small yard with a stone patio right outside our back door. Then this hill. There are stone steps on the right side of the hill (which are not pictured but I will include when we finish up the hill.) Those steps go up to the second part of our yard....which has the playgrounds, fort, basketball, etc. There are woods behind that.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tina Gilliland said...

Nice going, GF!!! Is your yard in front of the hill... or on top as well??? Kind of a strange formation of land if you own both areas! And if you own the upper area as well, where the kids play area is... how do you keep an eye on them???

Cammie said...

Tina- I added the info about the backyard in the post but just wanted to add that I can see the playgrounds (not basktball) from my kitchen window. My kids aren't young anymore and play with friends up there. Most of the time, I am outside too though :)

debbie said...

Looks like a lot of hard work! You've done a wonderful job :)

Donna said...

Gorgeous area, Cammie. Hills can sure be a pain to landscape. You did a great job so far.

Erin Smetak said...

What a beautiful job you guys did on your hill! LOVE the finished look! I hear you on hauling mulch! We did that this spring, and I can't tell you how many bucket and wheelbarrow trips we made going up our hill!
You guys did a fantastic job!

Susan said...

Everything looks amazing. It is quite obvious that this is a hard labour job. I hope that you will have some time to sit and enjoy it.
I understand your discouragement with weeds. I can't get rid of my crop of scotch thistles no matter how hard I try. They are the bane of my existence!

Dawn Easton said...

That does look like a lot of work! It will so worth it when it's finished and you are sitting there enjoying a cup of coffee looking at a beautiful backyard!