BEFORE: here’s a lovely shot of our backyard about six weeks ago. Then it was referred to as "our dirty little secret". We inherited a barren yard that eventually was overtaken by weeds. the previous owner covered up the yard with giant tarps to kill off all vegetation. She didn’t want the hassle of yard upkeep. I mowed the weeds over once last year and couldn’t keep up this year. Our backyard was completely useless. I only ventured out there to take out the trash, recycling, and to water our vegetable garden. I think the smurfs called it home for awhile… I know pigeons and neighborhood kitties loved it.
AFTER: the final product is complete. Damn does it ever look good. I can’t believe this is our backyard. My wife and I keep going out on the deck and stating "is this our backyard?". We are so excited to be able to hang out in our yard and enjoy the weather, grill, have friends over, and kick the smurfs out. This is our yard. We still have a couple finishing touches, but for the most part it’s done. Sprinkler system was added, exterior lighting, new sod, new trees, new plants, new deck, and a bank account drained. Hell, it was worth it though. Next up, purchase of a shed to house all our outdoor gear (lawnmowers, edgers, tools, skis, magazines) instead of using the garage. Our MINI Cooper barely fits in our tiny garage so you can imagine how packed it must be. Yippee! We have a yard!
IRONMAN trivia #8/25: they call it the Ironman because you have to be a fool to sign up for something like this. Therefore your head is devoid of any rational thoughts. And you pay The Man approximately $500 as a registration fee. That doesn’t include gear, travel, food, face paint, smelly markers, bag balm, chaffing cream, massages, etc.