Our house came with manicured bushes, lots of lawn and flowerbeds for annuals. Since my dream garden is part nature, part English cottage garden and part fairy tale, there was a lot to be done. Among others, I've dug up quite a bit of lawn, both back and front, during the 3 1/2 summers we've spent here.
|Small patch of strawberries, lettuce|
and zucchini, July 2009.
|Home grown strawberry cake - can|
it get any better? "Och mitt i tårtan
skall namnskylten stå" (from Maja's
|Strawberry patch gone wild, 2011|
Narrow strips of lawn between driveway/walkways and flowerbeds are all gone :) The grass grew over the driveway and into the flowerbed, so it was a lot of work and it wasn't really pretty either.
|Before - Silly strip of lawn between walk way and flower bed, May 2009|
|After - Lilies and other perennials now fill the entire space |
between the house and walkway.
|Before - Another silly strip of lawn, this one is in the back,|
between driveway and a flowerbed, July 2009
|After - More space for perennials instead of the |
high maintenance strip of lawn.
|Can a front lawn get more boring than this? April 2010, |
just after one of the maple trees had to be taken down.
1) we never manage in time before it gets too cold,
2) fallen leaves and wilted perennials make a great winter blanket for the perennials. So far, all our perennials have survived some cold winters very well. Unfortunately, with maple leaves come the seeds and they grow fast during early spring.
For now, I feel pretty stuck with my large front lawn. As long as I haven't found a manageable solution to the maple saplings, I'll keep digging up the back yard lawn instead...