So I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there at one point or another…summer evenings fill up, mosquitoes keep us indoors on even the most beautiful evenings, thunderstorms show up on all your days off. A few small weeds quickly morph into a miniature jungle…and so you’re left with something that looks like this photo above. But when the sun finally shines and the mosquitoes die off, there’s a glimmer of hope for the much neglected corner in the backyard. I’m not sure if that’s quite how the story goes for this particular before & after, but I’m sure it’s somewhat similar. I’m a huge fan of high impact, low budget makeovers. After all, that whole budget thing is what keeps me from finishing most of the projects I start…so I was pretty happy to see this before & after over at Yards Unlimited this morning. After clearing the weeds and edging the lawn, a thick layer of mulch was added along with a small patio made from pavers. I’m really loving how simple this one is, I feel like it’s something we could all handle over the course of a few days off. One for weeding and edging, one for purchasing and hauling the mulch and pavers, and one for spreading the mulch and laying the pavers. A little manual labors and soon you’ll have a retreat as serene as this. And on that note, I think I’m off to Craigslist to look for pavers and a new bench. Maybe one day my own before & after projects will make it on here…if I ever get to the after. -erin
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Images from: Yards Unlimited