This past weekend my parents stayed with us in our new home for the first time. They were kind enough to help us with a few projects, the biggest of which was fall clean-up of our landscaping. The bushes and perennial gardens in the front yard had all been neglected for quite awhile. The overgrowth was crowding out the beautiful windows and diminishing the curb appeal.
My parents have invested a lot of time and money into their landscaping so we were in good hands when they offered to help us get our shrubs and perennial gardens under control. The burning bush (Euonymus alata) on the right corner of our house was overgrown and my dad trimmed it back to half its size. In the process he discovered that most of the bush was dead. We will cross our fingers that it will survive. If it doesn't, I will consult this Better Homes & Gardens feature, "Top Trees and Shrubs for Fall Color" to find its replacement.
My mom helped trim back a few other shrubs in front of the windows and pulled out several volunteer trees. She also removed weeds and cut back the perennials in the beds by the walk leading to the house, around the perimeter of the home and in the backyard.
We worked from 9:00 AM until Noon and then from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. We filled 26 bags with branches, dead plants and leaves.
I feel good about what we accomplished today and am so thankful for the tremendous help of my parents. Our gardens will hopefully flourish from all of that hard work.
The real benefit of spending so much time outside last weekend and this weekend is that we have met several neighbors who have walked over to introduce themselves and welcome us to the neighborhood:
We have already been getting a lot of compliments on the effort we are putting into our home. It is a great way to start this new chapter.
The Nivens Family