I took on a little project a few weeks ago that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. We have garden beds to the sides of our front stoop along the foundation, but I hated some of the plants in them and thought they were just too big.
So I ripped out eight prickly, ugly shrubs, shrunk the gardens back, and re-edged them with new stones.
Years ago we edged these beds with plastic “stones” as a temporary fix we meant to replace with a better looking option when we decided exactly what we wanted to do. Then they became pretty permanent — but they were still ugly. Eight years later, I finally tore the plastic stones out and put in real ones.
Tearing the bushes out was HARD, PAINFUL work. The roots were deep and the leaves on the bushes are sharp and scratchy, so my arms and hands ended up all cut up. The kids helped, but I didn’t want them to get all scratched up by these nasty little shrubs, so I didn’t let them get too close. They did help with a lot of the other work though — ripping out plastic stones, carrying the real stones from the car to the yard, raking out old mulch, and spreading new. They were really helpful.
The front yard is bigger by about 2 feet now, the nasty scratchy bushes are gone, and the new stones look so much better. I also planted two new lavender plants and they already smell heavenly.
It was a lot of work, but it made a huge difference. And now, a few weeks later, the grass is thick and green, the hydrangea on the far edges are blooming, and the whole thing just looks so much better!