Front Yard Makeover

Have I mentioned that we’re only the second owners of our lovely little California bungalow? Well, we are and the elderly couple who first purchased the home in 1946 lived into their mid-90’s. The neighbors have wonderful stories to share about them and I love that our home has such good vibes.

The one place that lacks groovy-ness… the front yard or should I say, gravel pit. We had the city break out the curb and plant the two trees so we’re getting somewhere restoring nature.


The neighbors say once the lawn mower quit working Angelo (original owner) said he wasn’t going to replace it. Broken mower + California drought = unsightly gravel. I won’t go on and on about how I dislike it because, hey… maybe rock is your thing and it was a good solution for an elderly couple. People snatched the rock up real quick on Craigslist so it’s clearly someone’s thing. I hauled the stones out by hand. Scooped it with my fingers into a Home Depot bucket and lugged it to the tarp. Three days labor, one manicure later, and its gone. Why not shovel it? Because by being more careful I salvaged the landscaping fabric, which would have cost more than the manicure.

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I digress… as much as I’d love to install lush green sod my conscience and my Earth lovin’ husband wouldn’t allow it during a drought.  So here’s my inspiration board. Pinterest + Picassa = My Vision.

House Exterior Mood Board

Spanish Mediterranean, drought tolerant, plus we’re going to plant fruit trees because this area was once orchards. Also want to plant lavender because of the smell and hardiness, white roses, and I’m trying to propagate succulents as filler. Plan to use flagstone across about a third of the yard to expand the walking path then have Thyme grow between the stones. The gravel we use will be more “walkable” than the large rocks I removed.

We’re digging holes for the trees tomorrow and I’ll have a wonderful salvaged trellis project to share soon!