Flower Beds

Since today is Earth Day, I decided it was the best day to post about my flower beds.

”Flowers are the music to the earth!” – Marty Rubin

Our Backyard

Do you have a small backyard? Or do you have a large backyard, that lacks color or personality? Are you sick of looking at dead grass or weeds? Are you ready to make some changes?

Good. I’ve got some backyard inspiration for you!

We built a townhouse over a year ago, here in Utah. The company we purchased our home from, landscaped the front yard. If you can really call a pile of rocks and a couple of plants, landscaping…

However, they didn’t want to have to get into our private backyards to mow the grass. Instead they offered to put in mulch. Yuck!

We’ve had mulch before in other homes. It might look decent. However, it just blows away! Mulch is an endless money pit when you are constantly replacing it, after every windstorm. So we politely declined.

While the rest of our neighbors went with the ugly, brown mulch… Bleh! 😝

Since we have a small dog, we decided we wanted to have some grass. We bought some sod and laid it all in the back ourselves. It was really great! Until it died.

Apparently our soil had some sort of fungus or bugs, that killed the grass. After waisting tons of money on dirt, soil and sod, my husband came up with an alternative…

Turf.

hahaha… You can laugh. I laughed at him at at first, too!

If you don’t already know, my husband umpires college baseball. So he sees his fair share of luscious, green turf. At first, I thought he was crazy! After doing some research however, I started to warm up to the idea.

A few weeks later, we had turf!

Before & After

I’ll tell you what though… I love it! I like it so much more, than I originally thought I would.

Here’s why… It is bright green, all year round! It doesn’t have to be mowed. It doesn’t need to be watered. It is pet friendly. Most importantly, it is a beautiful sight to look at throughout the cold and gloomy winters.

After the turf was in, we decided to add some flowers. So we made a wooden flower box, around the perimeter of the backyard. Once in place, we were ready for flowers!

We went to our local Home Depot and purchased potting soil and flowers.

We hauled everything through the house, to the backyard.

Filled the entire grow box with soil, before ranking it level.

We organized all the flowers, to make sure we got the correct placement before planting them.

Here is the finished product!