It's summer so landscaping is the usual order of things..except in Florida!
I really only intended to have the kid from around the corner come over and weed this area.
We had purchased landscaping fabric to cover it up but hadn't decided on what to put over it, Mr. Me was wanting rock and I was wanting mulch made from cut up tires. Both were pretty expensive.
So I hired the kid to come and weed before I had some guests overnight but he never showed up. Ten days later, yesterday he knocked on the door. As I was describing what needed weeded I asked him if he wanted to lay landscaping fabric and pour mulch over it. He was fine with that and said he would give it a go. We settled on a price and I went off to buy mulch.
Normally I would have purchased plants first but needs must and I had the kid here working so I
decided that the plants could be placed later. Lets just get it started.
For someone who was only 18 I think he did a great job and two thirds less than the price I was quoted
by two neighbor men who do odd jobs.
As it was I gave him extra and he did the work for $20.00 an hour.
He even placed everything back where he liked it and picked up all his trash
and swept the area clean.
So it's a bit sparse until I decide on plants. Unfortunately in his haste to finish he covered up about six of my fledgling plants I had been babying along, including my Easter Lily bulbs that have bloomed twice now.
I had pointed them out but it was at the beginning of the job and I wasn't
supervising since he was doing so well.
The mulch is GOLD much not the red mulch since our stones are goldish on the front of the house.
It's much prettier in person.
He moved my little stepping stones to a more practical spot. I think I will put a path way here. Its right in front of the doorway.
He was every bit as proud of the job as I was! He took before and after pictures and was planning to put them on his facebook!
I forgot to take the before pictures. (wink wink) the "before" looked pretty overgrown and ugly.
Happily the rain finally arrived today, soaking the lawn that is growing on a pure sandbar...and it will green up nicely before my next set of guests arrive!
This is what it looked like on Google a few months before we bought it.