We renovated our home last summer and our backyard suffered some serious neglect and abuse. Not only did we stop weeding in the couple months before we moved out, but our yard was untouched all summer (that is, the parts that weren’t trampled by construction workers and their equipment). We didn’t do any outdoor work in the autumn either because we moved in pretty much as the leaves were dropping and were so overwhelmed with everything going on in INSIDE that we couldn’t even consider doing anything OUTSIDE.
Now it’s all coming back to bite us in the butt and we are dealing with the aftermath. I’ve been combing Pinterest and UsedOttawa for cheap landscaping materials and ideas that we can implement ourselves. (Read: because the reno was expensive and we don’t want to spend any more money!)
First on our list is to find a way to create a very inexpensive garden path. I’ve already found a couple of listings for very inexpensive brick pavers on UsedOttawa (yay!) and I am willing to put in the sweat equity to build something cool. Now to find a design!
I really like this DIY path and it seems like something we can do ourselves:
The old weathered brick could add a lot of visual interest to a wild space in our garden. Here’s another example that caught my eye, laid out a little differently.
Or we could choose to go with wood instead of brick pavers. Pallets come cheap on UsedOttawa too, and can be used to create something informal and interesting.
This one was made out of old pallet boards. It’s the kind of look I would really like for our outdoor space:
And I’m just smitten with this path made out of tree rings:
The wood might not last more than a couple of years, but as long as we had a chainsaw we could always create spares, right?
Whatever we decide, I am steeling myself for some hard labour. But hey, I figure it’s worth it, given the amount of time we’ll be spending in our backyard this year.