June 28, 2022

Transformation Tuesday #77

Happy Transformation Tuesday! I've been having a much better mental health day today--probably because I got a lot done as far as the landscaping goes! As you know, it's been driving me crazy for at least probably six years now. Neither Jerry nor I have any interest in gardening, so we've been procrastinating taking care of our yard for--well, probably since we moved in 19 years ago.

I'm going to skip the usual Transformation Tuesday today because mine is kind of long and I don't want to attention take away from anyone else's transformations. So if you sent me one, I will post it next week!

I don't have a "before" and "after" to share, because we aren't done yet, but I do have a "before" and "current". Jerry was off work yesterday and today so we spent a lot of time tilling the dirt and spreading it out evenly, preparing it for mulch. I was really surprised how quickly that part went--it was a nice day (not too hot) and we chatted while we worked. The dirt was as hard as a rock, but once we started moving, it was fun to see progress.

Here is the big "before and current" comparison (that first picture was from May 2021):

Although, you may remember the rainy day that I decided to get rid of all the weeds and the whole top layer of soil with it. I was SO sick of looking at it like that!

Yesterday, we tilled the dry soil and leveled spread it out evenly. By the time we were done yesterday evening, it was level and ready for mulch.

Today, we went to Lowe's to pick up the mulch. I knew that I wanted black; my mom chose black mulch this year and it looks so good! I also picked up paint so that I can paint the shutters black. I'm just ready for a change.

It was CRAZY seeing the amount of mulch we loaded up onto the cart. 

We bought 25 bags, and it happened to be pretty perfect; we only had one bag left over! We can use it to fill in any spots that need it. We laid it on pretty thick, and I love the way it turned out.

I haven't painted the shutters yet--one project at a time--but I'll probably do those this week. Finally, we got the stain to stain our stoops and our deck. That is going to be a huge project and we'll have to wait for Jerry to have a long weekend off. I've never stained a deck before, so I have no idea what to expect!

Anyway, here are some before and current pictures. Once I'm done-done (with plants), I'll post the before and afters.

This final collage is my favorite--progression from May 2021 until now. We have to plant bushes and stuff, but right now, I'm just happy to have to the weeds gone and the mulch down.

So, I apologizing for hogging this Transformation Tuesday, but I was too excited not to show all the work I've put in. This is something that I've been wanting to do for the longest time, but because I *despise* yard work and/or gardening, I've procrastinated as much as possible.

Please send me your transformations for next Tuesday! (It doesn't need to be all this detailed, of course.) Just email a before photo and an after photo to me at: katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com. Include your name and a description of your transformation! :)


  1. It's looking amazing so far!! I also despise yard work so I feel that! I can't wait to see the final photos!!

  2. That looks GREAT!!! I love the black mulch.

  3. That. Is. So. Awesome! (And so much work.) Go you two!

  4. Looks good. I am terrible at gardening but my husband loves it and that is the reason our place looks so good.


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