The re-birth of my landscaping obsession! Hardscape, planting beds, and design oh my!!

This is my back lawn with additional flagstone paths that I built coming off the deck and through the trees on the right.

This is my back lawn with additional flagstone paths that I built coming off the deck and through the trees on the right.

As many of you may have noticed, I have been blogging about my landscaping efforts.  I have a love-hate relationship with my yard.  I have been living in my home now for almost one year.  Since in my mind the landscape is an extension of myself and the interior living spaces, I made sure that the home that we purchased had magnificent potential in this area.  I even started getting the landscape design done prior to moving in.  The winter is passing by now and my desire to be outside working on my yard is growing at a fast clip.

I know that for this blog, landscaping is off-topic.  I have considered creating another blog specifically for my landscaping pics and improvements.  I have decided not to do this because having one blog takes more time than I would have ever imagined and I don’t want to take up precious mind space with another blog.

So fortunately or maybe unfortunately, I am going to be posting my landscaping efforts on Run4change.  Inspired by my wonderful blogging friend Angela, I have realized that life improvement is a complicated web that works it’s way into all areas of life.  So landscaping is for me.  It is an area that I improve my peace, improve my sense of accomplishment, and improve the overall access to the beauty of life.  I am not changing directions with this blog at all, I am just letting you all know that I will be doing additional postings on landscaping.  I hope that you all enjoy them as they are just an extension of the guy who lost 130 lbs.  I never worked in the yard for even one minute a week prior to losing weight so this is a huge victory for me.  I am using the weight loss benefits in a practical way to improve my surroundings.

Here is what I plan to do in my yard this spring/summer:

  • Finish planting the last three new trees and re-planting a couple that I need to transplant.
  • Move a 1500 pound stone table just ten feet away from its current location (This magnificent table came with the home)
  • Finish the flagstone patio and fire pit (This will go where the stone table currently resides.  The link is a pic of what I might want)
  • Finish around 300 more feet of stepping stone pathways.
  • Begin establishing planting around my home in the foundation beds
  • Improve the drainage of my lawn to get ready for yet another rainy season
  • Improve the irrigation system and allow it to cover all new planting beds.
  • Make all trees not needed for my plan to give them away for free to people who need them for their own plans
  • Build my cross sculpture in the back yard and design a nice seating area next to it.

That is all I can think of right now.  I am sure there is more but I am also sure that I won’t even get all of the items above done.  That will be ok with me since I am considering this a long term plan.  If I just keep at it, like with weight loss and ultras and marathons, I will get to the finish line.  At that time and place, my thankful heart will abound with joy.

10 Responses to “The re-birth of my landscaping obsession! Hardscape, planting beds, and design oh my!!”

  1. 1 ladlam
    March 24, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Jason your house looks magnificant! I look forward to more posts about your landscaping!

    • 2 run4change
      March 24, 2009 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks ladlam. I was worried that there might be a rebellion against my special posts, thanks 🙂

  2. 3 Chris
    March 24, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    These posts are great! I wish I had land that I could work on. It would be a great stress reliever and workout. I’m pretty big into cooking and I really want and herb garden, I’m kind of snobby about fresh herbs…and that’s kind of dorky sounding I now realize. So yea…I want a BBQ pit and some manly trees too…

    • 4 run4change
      March 24, 2009 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks Chris. You don’t sound dorky to me. I like herb. Food herbs that is, not “the” herb.

  3. 5 maggieapril
    March 24, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    See, Jason? You and I aren’t the only ones who love landscaping.

    I like to think of landscaping just like self-improvement, marriage, or religion. There is no finish line; it is a journey to be enjoyed until the end of days. Less pressure and more pleasure that way.

  4. March 24, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I love seeing/hearing about your landscape projects. Please include them here!

  5. March 24, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Your house and yard look incredible! I too am excited to hear about updates 🙂

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