But this weekend was all about berms and mounds... well... one berm/mound anyway!
I had this lovely
Here's a closer look...
Yep... it's a big ol' pile of junk... old grass and dirt on top of a pile of fireplace ashes and partially burned pieces of wood with weeds growing on top and a few rocks here and there for good measure.
I've actually heard that ashes are good for plants so I decided to just go with it and make it look like an intentional mound in my yard instead of just a pile of weeds.
So I raked and shoveled and pulled out large chunks of burned wood and rocks and huge weeds... and raked and raked some more... and then raked some more...
I bought a few plants (all I could afford at the moment but there will be more later!) I found that large piece of metal that's lying in front of the plants in the pile. And see that board lying behind the pile? That's blocking the large gaps underneath the fence... large enough that one small little dog might be able to squeeze through. I will be replacing the fence but it's not in my budget this year.
There are also a bunch of large rocks along the fence serving the same purpose as the board. I found a couple that I thought were kind of interesting and put them on the mound.
I also created a little more interest in the mound by hollowing out the portion where the little daisy looking tree thing is planted and used rocks I found in the pile to create a little wall.
I think it's looking better already! Mind you, it's not done yet. I am planning some sort of ground cover and weed blocking cloth to go over the mound but I have to wait for another free paycheck!
Remember the Contorted Filbert bush (to the right of the new yellow flowering thing)? Well, when I was at the nursery I priced them... a bush about one third the size of this one was $92!!! EEK! I'm glad I decided to keep it!
Roxanne and Pongo (my little escape artist dogs) enjoyed lying on the cool, semi weed free mound. I should have got a picture but I didn't think of it.
You can see in this picture that I've also planted some more arborvitae trees, I have a total of 6 now that will eventually grow up tall enough to block the view into the neighbor's windows.
Have you been doing any weekend yard work? What kind of plans do you have for your yard?
Stay tuned for Part II!