Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Backyard Makeover

I spend a lot of time outdoors, especially living in Florida. Since I'm on my patio or out back so much, I ended up having my backyard makeover done before doing the front yard. 

When I first bought the house, the yard had been neglected for years and the well was broken, the sprinkler system broken and there were no plants or anything. Very sad looking. 

After months of waiting for a company to come drill me a new well, which ended up being a very bad experience (do NOT use Perry & Leighty if you're in the area), I'm finally able to water my yard. 

Here is the before photo.



It looks like a real home now! :)  I have to give the credit to a friend in the neighborhood. She has her own landscaping business and she's a master gardener.  Lois Harris at Custom Garden Design. If you're in the area, I highly recommend her. She does everything all natural, no spraying harsh chemicals to kill off grass, no commercial fertilizers or anything. She dug up the grass by hand, well, she used a shovel! She ordered mushroom compost and some bark from a local supplier and it all turned out great.

The trees and plants are really tiny right now, but when they mature they will be a lot taller and fuller, I'm hoping by next summer they will have really filled out.

I had this little area on the side of my house, it was just grass...



My neighbor put some pavers down for me and they turned out so wonderful. There was no outside area to just sit besides the screened in patio, so I had this small little area fixed up.

And look! A shower, too!

He also installed the shower, so when I come back from the beach and I can rinse everything off or when I'm outside and get hot, I can just jump under it!  

My well water is very high in salt content, so I was only able to pick from a few select things that were highly salt tolerant. I didn't get to have my lime tree like I wanted, but I now have a fig tree instead. Here are some figs already growing on it.

Fig tree

Here is a list of some of the plants:
  • Hibiscus
  • Angels Trumpet
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Travelers Palm
  • Oleander Tree
  • Ixora Palm
  • Firebush
  • Adonida Palm
  • Fig tree
  • Crotons

 I'm  not sure when I will be having the front yard done,  now that the weather is starting to cool off, I  may have to wait until next year.

So that's the backyard makeover. I still have a few more things that will be done to the house and I will post those as they get done. Things took a lot longer than anticipated, but that seems to be how it was at the last house I lived in, too. Always plan on things taking double the time you expect! 

The house is really coming together, so no complaints!

My hibiscus.


Martha K said...


It looks wonderful, you are so talented & smart, love all your ideas

Martha K

Jolie said...

Thanks Martha. I would love to come out and see your place. I bet living right on the ocean is amazing!

Louise-Arden said...

Jolie everything looks beautiful !! You did such a great job!!!

Jolie said...

Thanks Lou! You need to stop by. :)

Sherry B. said...

I really love the side patio area! I'd love to do this in my back yard to expand from our patio along the back of the house. Did your landscaper friend do this too? I really like the stones! It looks great! Once all those plants fill in, it will look even more spectacular!

Jolie said...

Hi Sherry. No, a different neighbor did the pavers. He did a great job and I am really starting to love my backyard! Actually, I have decided to go ahead and start working on the front yard and we are starting on that this weekend. :)

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