Our Unplanned Landscaping Project


I have lived in my house for twelve years and during that time I had a love/hate relationship with my 30-foot tall Chinese Elm Tree. Love, for the summertime shade it provided during 100 degree heat. Hate, for the millions of horrible little leaves it would drop every single fall and throughout winter. This past December, however, ended my roller-coaster relationship all together – it fell during a severe windstorm.

On a cold December morning I woke up early, went into the living room, and turned up the blinds like I always do. I could not believe my eyes. This gargantuan tree had fallen over during the night without me, my husband, or my son hearing it. The tree had fallen square on our lawn and missed my son’s room by a couple of feet. It really was a miracle that there was hardly any damage. I say hardly, because the damage that was done was mostly underground, and we hadn’t a clue anything was wrong at that point.

About a week later, when the main trunk was removed, we realized what damage had occurred. Our sprinkler system was history. This tree that had been decades old had wound thick roots all around the PVC pipes and ripped them to oblivion when it fell. In addition, all of our brick work had been destroyed and the shade we relied on so much in the summertime was gone, meaning we’d have to find some other way to help our home stay cool.

We are in the first phase of our unplanned landscaping project – installing a new sprinkler system. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been to OSH or Home Depot to buy PVC pipe fittings and sprinkler heads. Did you know that there are different ratings for PVC fittings? Schedule 40 PVC pipe fittings, schedule 80 PVC pipe fittings….it kinda gave me a headache to try and sort out what we needed. Thank God my husband did all of that. We’d have a new rock garden if it wasn’t for him.

With our pipes buried and sprinkler heads adjusted, we are finally about ready have sod planted. It will be so nice to have real grass to walk on instead of dirt – and fewer muddy footprints tracked through our living room. In the next stage, we’re looking at getting brick work done so we’ll have some sort of sitting area available to us again, but we’re not sure how that will fit into our budget. Maybe we can do it ourselves and save a few bucks. The one item we really want to get, even if it means not having brick work, is a metal pergola. Even though it is only Spring, our house can heat up rapidly. We will probably go with one we found online and call up a few friends to lend a hand installing it.

Even though our landscaping project was unplanned, it has given us the opportunity to remake our yard into something new – which is an exciting prospect!

14 Responses to Our Unplanned Landscaping Project
  1. Charmaine
    March 22, 2012 | 6:37 pm

    You can go see images online,or go to the library,rent books and magazines.Put together the plants you like by sizes and arrange them in order wich like shade,wich like sun….You can make a haven for birds , butterflies and yourself.Good luck!

  2. Mary
    March 25, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    Found this post interesting! I’ll be pinning!

  3. Michael
    March 25, 2012 | 11:24 pm

    I really liked your post! I’ll be pinning it on my pinterest!

    • Vivora
      August 13, 2015 | 10:05 am

      LOL Traci, oh, how I was laughing at Ben and his poses! So dang funny! And I’ll be in Ft. Worth the first wekneed in November. You better start working on your Tyra Banks Fierce!

  4. Rossalie
    March 26, 2012 | 4:27 am

    Yeah I agree that this is really interesting…Thank you for the help here…

  5. Maryam
    March 27, 2012 | 10:00 am

    Commonly, when I want to create such thing, I want to plan it very well so that I can have a beautiful results… You have a very interesting stuff with your son…

  6. Lacey12
    March 28, 2012 | 8:20 pm

    This is very interesting activities, landscaping is a fruitful things ahead… I love decorating and styling my own garden style…

    • Michele
      May 22, 2012 | 1:24 am

      Absolutely!!This will give you time to credit check and bacrgkound check them before you move. Out of state rentals are the hardest and you want to make sure that your trips back to take care of business will be a minimum.If you don\’t do this for prospective renters, you\’re setting yourself up for a horrible experience. And DON\’T think that renting to someone you know will make it any easier to collect rent or keep your house from being destroyed.When you take the applications, make sure to tell them that it\’s not being rented until then, and get them to pay for the c b checks (usually $25). That way you\’ll know that they are truly interested and you won\’t waste time on window shoppers .If you wait until then to try and find someone, you\’ll end up costing yourself money because you\’ll have to stay past your planned departure date.Good Luck!!!

  7. Sandra92
    April 4, 2012 | 6:25 am

    What a lovely picture, hope you can perfectly made your landscape…
    Sandra92 recently posted..Unlock iPhone 4

  8. Florence18Moore
    April 13, 2012 | 8:43 pm

    This creative ideas is lovely great, I want to explore with this unique way of landscaping… :)

  9. Lucy Trim
    August 19, 2012 | 11:19 pm

    Wow, you have a wonderful and creative idea for landscaping project….
    Lucy Trim recently posted..Impotence and Natural Herbs that Help Men Improve Their Erection

  10. Kat Wesley
    August 21, 2012 | 9:05 pm

    Wow!! All the family members are helping together for this unplanned project. Good luck for the wonderful result.
    Kat Wesley recently posted..End Premature Ejaculation and Last Longer in Bed with Natural Male Supplements

  11. Orlando Landscaping
    September 13, 2013 | 1:38 pm

    Hi Jeanne, sounds like it proved to be a big, but rewarding family project. Landscaping is one of the home projetcs that can be accopmlished over time, step by step, and with a good plan, producing amazing results.

  12. GeneRKlunder
    February 16, 2016 | 1:37 am

    Useful information. Fortunate me I found your site accidentally, and I’m
    surprised why this coincidence did not happened earlier!

    I bookmarked it.
    GeneRKlunder recently posted..GeneRKlunder

Leave a Reply to Michele

Wanting to leave an <em>phasis on your comment?

CommentLuv badge
Trackback URL http://thecharmedmom.com/2012/03/our-unplanned-landscaping-project.html/trackback