The backyard is one of the areas of our home that is moving at a slower process than the rest.  When we first moved in, we were faced with a yard and landscaping that had been, to put it simply, neglected.  It was overgrown, unorganized, and definitely not appealing to the eye.  In fact, the only redeeming quality of the whole yard were the hostas that were at first taking over the entire landscape, but after a little pruning, re-planting and care, they look downright gorgeous today!


Since the front yard quickly became top priority after first moving in, we have done the bare minimum to the backyard since then.  Last year we cut, trimmed, pruned, and pulled just enough to get us by, and keep our sanity intact for another year.  This spring and summer we are hoping to get a little more done, and yesterday I started with some simple, easy changes like pulling weeds…

tree 1 before after

tree 2 before after

…while Tim tackled one big problem.

tree 3 before after This awkward tree placed in front of our bay window is quite the eyesore.  I am still not sure exactly what the landscaping strategy was and why the tree was planted in that spot, other than maybe to try and cover up the air conditioning unit.  Unfortunately though, it is not exactly what I want to be looking out my window at every morning.  Plus, the entire backside of the tree was dead so it wasn’t like I was looking into a lush green tree, instead it was a pile of dry, brown sticks and dried out needles, so Tim proceeded to dig it out.

tree 4 before after

Now I am trying to come up with a different way to cover the air conditioning unit.  I like these two decorating ideas that I found on Pinterest:



Oh, Tebow helped with the landscaping as well…Just by looking so darn cute!




Talk to Me!

  • Do you enjoy doing landscaping work?  (I have to admit, it’s not my favorite, but I sure can pull weeds with the best of them)!
  • If you own a home, are you happy with your landscaping right now?  If not, what would you change?
  • What did you do this weekend?


  1. Paula Thompson says:

    Nice job to you all, including Tebow. Maybe even a smaller bush you could trim easily, not cover your window view and fill in your landscape bed, could be a choice to cover the air conditioner. Good job!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      That would be a good idea as well, we will have to take a trip to Home Depot and check out our options! 🙂

  2. Omg, Tebow is the cutest! My husband is a former landscaper–and still works for his old boss part-time–so I use that as my excuse to stay as far away from any yard work as possible!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      I don’t blame you! I am definitely much more of an indoor girl than outdoor design, but I am trying to get better since I love pretty flowers and clean landscape lol! My husband worked for the city during the summers while he was in college so he is much better at the whole landscaping thing than I am too!

  3. Your yard looks great! We are renting so I’m not even going to go there but I can’t wait to have my own yard one day. I really like the second option to cover the AC unit, I have never seen that done before. And I can see how you wouldn’t want that tree blocking your view, what a strange place for that. Tebow is such a handsome pup! 🙂
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  4. Love love love second photo for covering the unit!!
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