Friday, September 20, 2013

Backyard Makeover

Before my husband, Robert,  had his accident, he had been working on the backyard.  He had planted shrubs and trees and was planning on painting the shed next.  During the next five months, it was hard for him to see the things he hadn't accomplished yet, and not being able to do anything about it.  I had talked to my niece about it and she came up with the idea of us having a backyard work day.  We were excited to see friends and family come to help.  This was also the day before Robert's second surgery.  Since he was feeling better and wasn't concerned about getting an infection, he was out there too.  I was worried, but I could tell he was having a good time.

There was plenty for everyone to do!

The rose bushes in the front yard needed to be trimmed and the shed needed to be painted.



We had to tear down part of the fence to bring dirt into the yard.  We had holes all over the yard that needed to be filled.

My son, Justus, and Chris.  

I had been wanting a flower bed next to the patio for a long time.  With so many people helping, it went in pretty quickly.  The garden area was tilled up and black screen was laid down.  The post were put in place and had to be leveled out.  Next, holes were drilled into them and iron stakes were placed. The stakes were pounded into the ground. Next, they brought the dirt in.



Robert was helping too!



We did lots of painting!  We chose red as the accent color for the backyard.  We painted the lawn chairs, trellis and birdbath bath.  Next time, I will spray paint the chairs.  It wouldn't have taken as long as using a brush.







Cassie painting the birdbath. We removed the garden fence and all the pots that were in the yard.

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The fort needed the screws tightened and it also needed painted. We brought in base to put under the fort and swings.  The back of the fence had fallen down, so it needed to be fixed too.



We were fortunate to have barbeque as well.  Nothing like a good meal after a day of hard work!


It was amazing how much we were able to accomplish that day, with so many helping hands.  We were so pleased to see the difference!

Here are some before and after pictures:

BEFORE - FENCE NEEDED REPAIRED, FORT NEEDED PAINTED


 AFTER - FENCE REPAIRED,  FORT PAINTED, BIRDBATH  PAINTED, AND GARDEN CIRCLE FILLED IN

 
 BERFORE - SIDE FENCE NEEDED FIXED AND SWING NEEDED PAINTED


AFTER -


BERFORE - TRELLIS AND SHED NEED PAINTED, NEEDS YARD UPKEEP

 AFTER


 BEFORE - GARDEN NEEDED FIXED

AFTER

 MY BEAUTIFUL BACKYARD!!!

After everyone left, I went and bought flowers on sale.  I stayed up till midnight planting them.

We didn't expect to have so much done in one day!  There may be more to do, but much was accomplished because of family and friends and I couldn't feel more blessed!