Do you have a section of your yard that you just don’t know what to do with? Perhaps over the years it has slowly accumulated the old trash can, the cracked pots, the broken lawnmower, the half empty bags of mulch you just didn’t know where else to put, until it finally became your own personal junkyard? Well, this was the case for my clients. They have a large, lush yard with a pool, but there was one section tucked behind a fence that had become quite a forest of weeds and clutter, including- but not limited to- a faulty tractor, rotting wood, cement blocks, pipes, buckets and even roof shingles.
My assignment was to not only weed and remove the debris, but turn it into something attractive and useful. The first half of the task required several hours of sweat, strength, and some dramatic encounters with the local wildlife (mostly creepy crawlers). This work was spread out over a few days, until eventually, the whole area was stripped to the dirt.
Once I had a clean slate, it was time for the fun to begin. What to do with that awkward section of the yard? How about plant a garden? A raised bed garden can be a very manageable way to grow vegetables without getting in over your head. With a quick trip to Home Depot, I was able to pick up wood, soil, mulch and a bunch of plants and flowers for under $200.
I planted several herbs, marigolds, tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumber and watermelon. Along the fence I planted two rows of sunflower seeds and Astor seeds that will take a few months to grow and will be a pleasant summer surprise. Layering red mulch around the raised beds helped to give the area a clean, finished look.
Next to the garden there still remained an open area that I didn’t want to go to waste. I decided to turn it into a hangout spot. By bringing in a bench, a couple of potted flowers and a fire bowl, I was able to create an inviting area to sit and roast marshmallows. So don’t be daunted by that overgrown clutter corner you’d like to pretend doesn’t exist; with a few bucks and a little sweat equity you can turn it into a space that people actually want to spend time in.