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First Impressions: Part 2

Here’s Part 2 of our “First Impressions” or “Curb Appeal” make-over.

These changes weren’t as dramatic, but have made a big difference to us.

Our Walkway Before: (The former owners LOVED beach-themed everything…we too love the beach, but not as much as they.)

Our Walkway After: (Joel found old bricks under all the flowerbeds when he ripped the bushes out. He re-purposed them into this walkway!)

That means we can actually walk on our walkway, instead of tripping over sand dollars!

Our Flower Beds Before:

Our Flower Beds After: (we saved our “Household” budget this month for mulch. It made the biggest difference. Our plants are growing like crazy now.)

So, there are some of the DIY projects we’ve been working on!

Home Renovation…always in progress!

I was driving home from a baby shower one lovely Saturday morning, only to arrive home to see this:

All our 60-year-old azalea bushes being dug up and hauled to the side of the road!! For some time Joel had been saving his pennies/energy to re-landscape our yard. Meanwhile, I had sweetly requested begged and pleaded that we get SOMETHING done by a professional FOR ONCE! (Which if you know Joel, you KNOW would never happen.) I had no idea that my leisurely Saturday would turn into a total landscaping overhaul. 

It was all fun and games until on the third 100-pound stump, the rope snapped and shot the root system through the back windshield of our Trailblazer window! It was the loudest, most frightening noise you’ve ever heard!!

No photos were allowed to be taken of this mishap…

Praise the Lord that in South Carolina, insurance companies replace windshields for free. The estimate on the glass was well over $1,000!

Here are 2 good “before” shots of our yard.

Now, those of you who know how handy Joel is and judged me earlier when I mentioned begging and pleading with Joel to outsource this job need to understand something. Joel and I were wandering around Lowe’s about a week previously, looking at plants and he turned to me and asked, “What is the difference between annuals and perennials?” I finally thought I had found something that was NOT on his resume.

Having been raised by my green-thumbed Mama, (who loaded my dad in the car and headed down to offer their AMAZING assistance!!), I knew we were in trouble.

That is until we met…Buddy McCracken.

Mom, Joel and I thought we were going to never return from the middle-of-nowhere SC, but once we drove about 30 minutes outside of town we discovered Buddy McCracken–the landscaping goldmine! He is a precious man that sells wholesale shrubs and plants to local nurseries. He decided to spend some time with us looking around the property and educating us on anything we ever wanted to know about shrubbery!

Much to my delight when I asked how much the gorgeously mature hydrangea bushes would cost, he replied with a matter-of-fact, “$7” (as he priced everything else we asked him about!) What a deal! We saw tiny baby version of these bushes at Lowe’s for $40!

Thanks to Buddy McCracken, Beth and Dave and my now green-thumb certified husband, our yard now looks like…THIS!