POLL: What is your yard like?
Emily Hurley
April 22, 2014 in Polls
What is the current state of affairs for your own backyard?

VOTE and tell us about it in the comments!
It's perfect. I'd live outside if I could.
It needs some work, but it's getting there.
OMG. Don't even ask.
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kathleen MK
This winter was rough on some of the plants but my irises, roses and azaleas are finally blooming.
April 22, 2014 at 6:09PM        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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printesa
Both front yard and back yard are being redone. The project is under way,,trees are in, flower beds are defined and some plants are in, veggie raised beds are soon to be done, irrigation coming up (the previous one from the front yard was totaled with this redesign), the walkway is being extended to the backyard..so yeah,,things are moving along. All should be done in about a week if all goes well. Next month we should have a pergola over part of the patio so I can get some plants going up and a vertical garden on one side...The pots on the patio have nothing in them yet,,,the weather on the East Coast was not very friendly and I can't get anything in until I know that there is no more frost (we had 30F last week during the night).
April 22, 2014 at 6:33PM      Thanked by Emily Hurley
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Mark Bischak, Architect
My back yard is literally a forest on a steep sand dune. Because of regulations I can not do anything with it except watch the wildlife.
April 22, 2014 at 7:22PM        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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cabingirl13
Spring has finally arrived in WI so we have green grass poking up- yeah! We also have numerous trees and branches blocking trails that came down over the winter that need to be cut up for firewood (7 acres of woods out back). We also have a huge pile of stuff to be burned in the bonfire one of these days when the weather cooperates. Trees are just starting to bud here and a few of the day lilies are poking up too.
April 22, 2014 at 7:31PM        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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einportlandor
I'm in year four of my ten year garden redo. My dream
is to transform my small, neglected, weed-infested city lot into my private oasis. It's coming along nicely if I do say so myself. Given my aging body and limited budget it's a major challenge but there's nothing I'd rather do.

Right now my trees are all in various stages of leafing out, with my beautiful little paperbark maple bringing up the rear. My hostas are shooting up toward the sky and the ferns are starting to unfurl. The blueberries I put in the ground last year are flowering. I have new flower beds waiting for plants, which requires multiple trips to nurseries and plant sales. I love spring!
April 22, 2014 at 8:56PM        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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Sustainable Dwellings
The natural scape is gorgeous right now * Dogwoods, Redbuds, Wild Plum, but we are working on the landscape around the house.... Plans for hostas, lavender and clary sage... miles of it in a large bed, some oakleaf hydrandgeas, clematis, and ornamental grass here and there along the drive up to the horsebarn.
April 22, 2014 at 9:01PM      Thanked by Emily Hurley
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Jo Starr
I live in an undeveloped private land "island" in the middle of the Coconino National Forest in Arizona. Our "yard" is a large gravel area and we park right in front of the house. There's a shed that houses the solar equipment with panels on top, and a makeshift box for the backup generator. Down a slight slope is the dogs' yard (we have 3 big dogs). The back yard is fenced and shaded, and we have chickens (meaning a not-very-attractive coop). I want to make our yard more attractive, but beyond planting flowers and pretty bushes immediately in front of the house, I have NO CLUE where to begin! It doesn't help that we basically have NO budget. :(
April 23, 2014 at 3:27AM        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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rredpenn
Our's took a beating this last winter too...but we are embarking on a DIY retaining wall project that no doubt will take all summer. Realistically, I am hoping to be able to reseed the lawn areas this fall. It won't be the prettiest place until we are finished with the hardscaping, but it needs to be done.

Whoever thought railroad ties were the best thing for retaining walls??? ugh!
April 23, 2014 at 5:15AM        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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jn3344
Believe it or not I still have a mound of snow and road gravel right out front. And the back got the snow mold bad so it's looking really trashed. Heavy snow broke off many limbs that need to be cleaned up. Too bad I can't just take it all out back and shoot it.
April 23, 2014 at 5:25AM        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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Evans Woodworking Inc
i voted "its perfect" but that's very subjective... I happen to like acres of overgrown native San Diego fauna, buzzing with insects and critters.
April 23, 2014 at 10:08AM        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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judyrud
Always a work in progress. Last summer I changed a lot: new front porch, replaced wood deck with stone patio, new walkways and a greenhouse. Now I'm still redoing pathways, watering system, etc. that had to be changed. Also planting vegetables in my new raised beds (made from the old cedar boards of the deck) and then there's the constant, never-ending weeding and pruning. Good thing I'm retired.
April 23, 2014 at 11:06AM     
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mayflower
Our yard is very nice with a hot tub and a pool,we even have dog beds outside, because our dog loves the outdoors.


-ask Lady mayflowers mascot
April 23, 2014 at 2:52PM     
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Inspired Interiors by Wendi, IIDA
I live in my backyard! And I am fortunate enough to be based in South Florida, so I get to enjoy it year round.
April 23, 2014 at 2:58PM     
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c3burkes
My backyard has taken a beating the last 3 years - 3 big puppies digging holes, drought and diseased tree and a new tree that didn't take root.... sigh. BUT on Friday a new patio will be laid, the rest of the yard will be leveled out and I will be able to start landscaping... :- )
April 23, 2014 at 5:20PM     
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wyndyacre
I've been gardening on my acre property for 18 years now. I've gotten the flower beds cleaned up, the lawns raked and the trees and shrubs pruned for spring. In a few weeks it will look like this...photos taken last spring.
April 23, 2014 at 5:35PM     
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rosecottagehome
wyndyacre your gardens are stunning and a tribute to your labor of love.
April 23, 2014 at 6:36PM     
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Diane Kelley
I had my backyard basically in order until....a new garage for my husbands 65' Mustang! Now I have to move all the perennials and look at mounds of dirt! Oh what I could do with that dirt!!
April 23, 2014 at 6:41PM     
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Libbmom
My yard is a work in progress...I am recently retired so have much more time to devote to it...
April 23, 2014 at 6:46PM     
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Marie Ryan
overgrown bushes, crabgrass for the lawn and a hill out bagck with a ton of leaves, and weeds that need to come out.
April 23, 2014 at 10:56PM     
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charleee
We had sod installed last year and OMG it's still alive! It looks so much better than the mud and crabgrass we had. And we created this boardwalk Easter Sunday, all I have left to do is put the clear coat on.
April 24, 2014 at 1:46AM     
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hanknliza
Off of the bottom deck, we have a lawn, then a creek and then a farmer's field and then trees. With the Spring bonus of a returning beaver, egret and blue heron. Deer and coyotes and finches, oh my! Cardinals and ducks and geese (you get the idea)............... Priceless!
April 24, 2014 at 2:41PM     
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printesa
I took some photos of the ongoing yard project and put them in an ideabook. Here is a link to it if anyone wants to see

April 24, 2014 at 5:44PM     
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Charmean Neithart Interiors, LLC.
April 24, 2014 at 5:58PM     
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wyndyacre
Beautiful Charmean Neithart Interiors! I really love that large urn beside your chair.
April 24, 2014 at 6:09PM     
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Design Schematic Interiors
We are in the process of redoing our front and backyard with a drought tolerant landscape.
April 24, 2014 at 6:30PM     
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sstarr
Well there's this barn, and a vegetable garden, and dogs...
April 24, 2014 at 6:38PM     
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inpdx
We dethatched, demossed, aerated and re-seeded -- followed by days of torrential rain.
Would you like a mud pit?
April 25, 2014 at 6:44PM     
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chloebud
We've really enjoyed ours since moving here last summer.
April 25, 2014 at 7:22PM     
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jodyanns
My back yard is a 30plus year work in progress. So far it has a 3000 gallon koi pond with waterfalls and stream. Garden [ornamental] around the perimeter. A little grass. Trees, bushes a gazebo and 3 season screened porch. I would like to do more but not sure what it is.
April 26, 2014 at 8:59AM     
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grobby
My yard is at it's best in Spring. The previous homeowner gave it a good start.
April 26, 2014 at 11:50AM     
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dreamhomechicc
My parents rent, so we can't do anything to it :/
April 27, 2014 at 3:07AM   
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dreamhomechicc
Wyndyacre, your garden is absolutely stunning! Fabulous job! :D
April 27, 2014 at 3:12AM     
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shelleyuk
Ours is semi wooded and so can look lovely but also becomes overgrown very quickly. At the moment it is starved of attention and we will be getting out there over the next few weekends to tidy up.
April 27, 2014 at 3:17AM     
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sunnie2day
Ours is so horrible right now we're joke the council is going to say something soon! Still, the tulips are up and gorgeous and we promise to get it all sorted once that display is over:)

I'm only half kidding there about the state of our current landscape. We're 99.9% sure the previous owner used the old over-the-shoulder-during-unloading method of planting by tossing everything from the car boot over his shoulder and then planting where it landed - it's an awful mess out there that will require us to hire a crew of professionals to rearrange. Good plants, awful plantings!
April 27, 2014 at 3:26AM   
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sandycangiano
I chose my house partially because it was small and partially because it had an extra building lot to accommodate the pups. But now, I have a serious dilemma. I have been waiting to have a horse chestnut tree removed (and sent to a farm--I don't want to chop it down). It's too big and oh so wrong for the space. (Here's a photo taken a few years ago.) The tree service kept promising they would come. So I bought a fringe tree to replace it. The following year they promised again; so I bought a smoke bush to replace it. The following year they promised again; so I bought a limelight hydrangea tree to replace it. Still not having learned my lesson, I bought a sunrise redbud, which is just coming into bloom in its pot. My yard is now dotted with these bushes/trees. There is no plan, no design! It's a holding pen for trees and shrubs. I need help!
April 27, 2014 at 6:16AM     
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sandycangiano
By the way, the photos above were taken before the substitute trees were planted.
April 27, 2014 at 6:17AM   
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rosecottagehome
sandycangiano looks like you have things well under control in your beautiful yard!
April 27, 2014 at 7:14AM     
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Geri Roth
My yard is 80% finished. I have a corner of the yard that I am going to pull out mature azalea bushes and put in a half circle of cement seating. I got the idea on Houzz. Finding the right contractor is a challenge. It is a wasted corner and if I have a party I will have a lot more seating. This year I planted about 50 lily bulbs and they are starting to bloom. I am taking out a large pine tree because I am afraid it is just to big and will fall over if we have
strong winds.
April 27, 2014 at 7:30AM   
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dpalarino
What we've done so far looks great with the trex deck, paver courtyard and updated solar lights. But with the fire dangers here in Colorado, we are going to have to mitigate for fire danger which means probably giving up some of our local scrub oaks. Not that I love them, but they provide a great deal of privacy and are all around our neighborhood.

Our next big project will need to focus on reducing our water consumption as well. If we water with the new restrictions, our grass is always borderline burned and hard to enjoy. We will definitely need to reduce our watering zones which currently stands at 12, about 3 too many.
April 27, 2014 at 8:51AM     
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dpalarino
forgot photos. I need to take more.
April 27, 2014 at 9:02AM     
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rosiegabby
I'm from Ohio now living in Texas. It's nothing like Cleveland but the Texas Hill Country has its own unique beauty.

We have a little over an acre most of it not landscape. I hope we can do more with it but as is we enjoy it.
April 27, 2014 at 9:17AM     
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dpalarino
One more, even though this isn't the best image because it was taken from the safety of our family room. When these two visitor come, they can have our back yard. Never a dull moment when you're this close to nature.
April 27, 2014 at 9:18AM     
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chloebud
dpalarino, we've had those same furry visitors, too.
April 27, 2014 at 9:32AM     
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groveraxle
I need to prune.
April 27, 2014 at 12:02PM     
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granmajb
lol inpdx---sounds like my outdoor space! Open ditch with drainage system only half finished and rain, rain, rain. Wish I could say it looks like a landscape stream but that's not the case. One struggling Rhododendron and a few hardy dandelions surrounded by a mud hole, both front and back----bleah!
April 27, 2014 at 4:42PM     
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DSC DesignWorks
My garden is full of native plants, herbs and veggies! The flowers are lovely to look at for most of the year. And the veggies are great when they are ready and fresh herbs make them divine!
April 29, 2014 at 12:49PM     
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Lori B
We spent the Winter ripping everything out of our yard. 12 Giant trees were Cut down. It was a Jungle. Just finished re-setting the stones around the pool. Next week, a raised pool cover is finally being installed and the Patio is being extended. The pergola got a pressure wash and I got half of it sanded before the rain came. Now, it's a mud Pit outside.
April 30, 2014 at 12:43AM   
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archivesgirl
@Dpalarino, I hope your "visitors" at least chopped some of that wood. The nature in my backyard consists of ducks, variety of birds (tiny and huge), raccoons, possums, woodchucks, snakes (non-venomous) and lots of toads, bullfrogs and insects (the good, the bad and the ugly). Oh yes, and the stray cats who live here (3 of them). I think I would honest to God faint if I saw one of your "guests" in my yard. I thought I had nature but you have me beat.
May 14, 2014 at 5:54PM   
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Melley Nelson Design
I keep hoping that someone secretly sends our backyard, big yard with a brook, into some "what not to landscape" HGTV show... our yard has remarkable potential but seemingly any money that we have spent on it just gets it wrong every time..... we need help, but also probably some moula.
May 14, 2014 at 6:42PM     
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Tim Sarubbi
My modest Rochester NY yard is a work in progress. I have tried to use recycled material when possible. They include broken cement flooring as pavers and garden bed walls. Old decking made into fence, a metal fire door as a table top, vintage carriage house doors as privacy walls, old porch columns used free standing to define space, and old redwood beach boardwalk used as deck flooring. More to attack this season and looking forward to it!
May 14, 2014 at 6:48PM     
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sandycangiano
Melley Nelson Design, I know how you feel. I keep going to Lowes in the hopes that someone will stop me and ask what I am buying and why and then tell me I have won the HGTV lottery! I would love to have someone come here and work some magic!.
May 14, 2014 at 6:48PM     
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bungalowmo
Mine is slowly getting there. I have annuals along my fenceline & every couple years I thin it out & add them further down the fence. A few years ago I added a willow tree to my back yard & this year I added a Wisteria. My front flower beds are usually annuals & I have my "crazy cutting garden" by the back porch. Just planted that last weekend.

At work I have time to post. When I'm off, I'm outside. I really need to start snapping some photos!

Tomorrow....I pick up my riding mower! :0)
May 14, 2014 at 6:50PM   
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ajdecorating
I'm loving seeing pics of everyone's gardens coming alive for spring! I'm ready...LOVE spending time out on our patio when everything is starting to bloom!
May 14, 2014 at 8:56PM     
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ajdecorating
Wyndyacre....I'm in love with purple and green gardens!! Just beautiful!!
May 14, 2014 at 9:04PM     
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bungalowmo
Finally got some photos!
One day I'll get rid of all the weeds...*sigh*
May 15, 2014 at 6:26AM     
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kaatc
bungalowmo, looks like you have some creeping charlie (round-leaved ground cover in the LP picture with the transcendantia?) in there! Good luck getting rid of that stuff! I've fought the good fight against it in a number of yards here in MN, with no luck. I've heard you can set it aflame and it'll still come back. If you ever get rid of it, please post your methods of success!
May 15, 2014 at 9:34AM     
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donna obrien designs
I see a lot of beautiful gardens! This is my comfort zone after a long busy week. This has been a work in progress!
May 17, 2014 at 3:49PM     
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