Monday, March 21, 2011

Mulch Island

Sounds pretty exotic, right?

We have been having some pretty wonderful spring-like weather here in Iowa.
Nate and I have both come down with a pretty bad case of spring fever. 

We can’t wait to get back to working on our yard.  We’re weirdos that like playing in dirt and mulch.

This is the hot mess of a side yard that we started with…


Pretty, huh??

Nate whacked out all of the undergrowth (tiny trees, weeds, more weeds, etc) while I hauled the nastiness down to the tree line.  Why do I always get the awesome jobs???

Which left us with this….

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Definitely an improvement but there was obviously still some work to be done.

We wanted to create a “mulch island.” 

Nate edged around the perimeter with a square shovel to help keep the mulch in the “island”.

He then sprayed the weeds in the “island”.  (I prefer to keep things as chemical free as possible but Nate likes a pretty yard and that involves chemicals.  I’m dealing.  He has his weed killer.  I have my spray paint.)

We then went to a local nursery and purchased a truck load of mulch which we spread throughout the island.  It took a couple of truck loads.  We then realized it was actually less expensive and more convenient to have it delivered.  Lesson learned.

We planted some plants in the “island” (most were free from my parents..score!) and we ended last summer with this…


We’re excited to freshen up the mulch and see if all of our plants survived!

We’re also excited to work on some other areas of the yard as well…which we will definitely keep you posted on!

Anyone else have spring fever and itching to get back out in the yard???


  1. Your hard work paid off! The yard looks great. That was a perfect place for a mulch bed.
    My spring fever activity was just sitting on the patio enjoying the was a very lazy Sunday.
    Have a great week.

  2. Wow, what a change for the better! It is neat to see your plans unfold with your great photos! We've been in the yard too, but have not yet made it to the mulching. It seems like just unearthing the flowers beds is taking forever! Have a great day!
    Dee Dee

  3. That is the greenest grass I've ever seen! Way to keep that yard manicured! Yay for spring!

  4. The island looks great! We were out on Saturday - we bought a leave shredder and have been trying to pick up all the leaves to use on the garden. That's going to become a full-time job. We don't have any leaves in our current yard. Yikes!

  5. wow your grass is beautiful! so jealous...our yard is one of the main things we need to attend to this year!

  6. I Love it! I wish we lived somewhere out of the burbs a bit like yours. Absolutely gorgeous. I LOVE your guys' mulch island. The dark mulch is such a beautiful contrast to the lush green lawn and the blue on the house. Perfect combination if you ask me! Can't wait to see what you guys add!

    We'll be doing some fun yard work not soon enough. As soon as these storms pass us (Norther California), I'll get a blog or two up with some spring-time updates. :)

    Thanks for the ideas and inspiration, as always!

  7. Holy green grass, Batman! I am coming over with my tent right now. But I won't be wearing any shoes. This is another reason to move back to the Midwest! Can't wait to see what else u do out there this year!


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