Thursday, April 24, 2008

Making a Back Yard

Dear Home Owner,

A brand new home, that's what we bought July 19, 2007. A nice large lot, 2,500 s.f. home. 6ft. privacy fence (that I didn't ask my friend to help install - see post Monday April 21, 2008), fully sodded front and back yards with sprinkler system, plenty of landscaping in the front, but absolutely none in the back yard.

That's how I introduce the subject of today's post.

I walk out my back door, step out on my covered patio and have similar feelings to what the Almighty must have had when he stepped out on the edge of nothing to begin creating everything.

No, that's not quite accurate.

I feel more like I'm standing before a blank canvas with instructions to paint a masterpiece that will endure the test of time.

No, that's not it either.

The best word to describe the way I feel is, overwhelmed. I don't have a solid clue what to do. I have several ideas, but they are more smoke than substance.

I need some real help. So I turn to several Internet landscaping websites.

There are some nice ones out there.

Here's one:

Here's another:

So I made a few selections but before ordering I printed off the ideas and took them to a local nursery, TLC. Glad I did.

I spent about 20 minutes with their in-store garden specialist. Out of the 20 various plants and bushes I had selected from the websites, she showed me eight of them that won't grow well here in central Oklahoma.

Bottom line: look on-line, but compare their suggestions with the experts at your local garden nursery.

Now Let's Get Busy,