New concrete…oh yeah!

So we have these black wood mulch beds all around our house and I’m not really a fan.  Then, we also have rain gutters that wash the said mulch into our yard.  It’s frustrating to say the least.  We’re going to go buy those gutter extensions so that the water will run straight to the grass instead.  But first we jumped on a project that we felt was necessary.  Concrete!

We have 2 big garbage cans that MUST stay on the side of our house (love the HOA).  To put them on the street we had to pull them through the mulch beds which pulled the mulch into the grass.  We really wanted something to make the process of taking the garbage to the street more smooth and less messy.  I called around to a handful of local concrete companies and landscape companies and ended up going with a concrete contractor that was reasonable and friendly (those are my two big qualifications).  He showed me some pictures of work he’s done and was able to get to it within a few weeks.  I really wish I had taken some before pictures but I didn’t think about it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doesn’t it look great?!  I never thought I’d be in love with a concrete slab but I am.

After they installed the concrete, I also did some more gardening.  I took out a big Holly bush where you see these new flowers.  Holly bushes are the worst.  When you trim them, you get stabbed to death.  It was so annoying at our last house that I’d just end up leaving the branches, that I trimmed in place rather than collect them all and end up with war wounds.  That resulted in green bushes, sprinkled with dead branches.  The bush also seems to attract those big black carpenter bumble bees and wasps.  When I saw them install holly bushes here at our new house, I knew they weren’t going to stay long.  I planted a gardenia tree, hydrangea that I had in the house and different varieties of begonias.  I can’t wait to see them grow.

So now this little corner is much more beautiful and practical.  If we could just get the construction to go away on our street now.