A Little Landscaping Music Please!

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.  

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Rebecca said…
Good deal, Jeannie Marie! I'll bet it's a relief to be this far along on the project - It looks great!
SmilingSally said…
Morning Jeannie Marie,

Where are you in Florida? I'm in the Tampa area.

I do like the look of fresh mulch, and a teenager who know how to work is a blessing. I'm glad you found him.

Thanks for playing today.

Happy Blue Monday,
Cheapchick said…
It looks great! Weeds will be the death of me, I swear. Earlier this year I put black mulch on part of my bed (all by myself, hubby was out of town) and it was such a big job. Our landscaper is too busy this year to come out and do it so I had no other option. It does look good though.
bj said…
I'm not a bit surprised that he did a good job. I've found teens or very young men and women are much more apt to do a job that will suite you. They are generally eager to please and, as you say, willing to do the job cheaper, until they get more experience. Of course, there's exceptions to every rule but on the whole, I will hire younger people before older ones. (and, I MIGHT be partial as I've got LOTS of grands..)
Unknown said…
I love it! When you decide on plants, look at some of the plants native to fla...there won't be much watering needed..
I shared your post on google +
Jeannie Marie said…
Thanks Karan! Yes, that's how the ones that are flourishing have survived. I can water...I occasionally water...but I don't want to be chained to the hose.
LV said…
Apparently, he had other things to do before he got to you. But, it was worth waiting for as it looks very nice.
My name is Riet said…
It really looks nice and it is so good of you to hire teenagers to do the job
joyh82 said…
Love the landscaping and the little lantern tree. Very cute! Happy Blue Monday ;)
Annesphamily said…
Looks like you got a great worker for a decent price! Looks wonderful. I like that look and he did a very nice job. Happy Blue Monday to you. Enjoy oyur week.
betty-NZ said…
It's looking great so far! Maybe he will show up on time if you hire him to put the plants in!
Looking good! I think bulbs will probably come up right through the mulch, so no worries.
lessandragr said…
Your mulch looks great! What kind of plants will you put in at this time of year? I just moved here (Ocala) and want to plant something that will hold up through the winter months.

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