Here’s a Quick Cure for a Boring Backyard
Our bland and lifeless backyard was beginning to get on my last nerve. We didn’t have the funds to spend $1,000’s on an outdoor kitchen or terraces or even new furniture. I wanted color, but I had one major obstacle. The colors and plants that I adore are also loved and adored by the deer that run along a path behind our house. They are all quite the delicacy for our four-legged friends. It seemed I needed a miracle cure for our boring backyard.
A Quick Cure for a Boring Backyard
Here are a few before pictures when it was boring and lifeless.
Lots of weed type plants in the very back of the yard where the “deer and antelope play.”
Even the recently planted flowers in my planter were not looking healthy.
The Indian Hawthorne in our beds was about 8 years old. Our landscaper said most of this plant around our town is dying about the same age.
Even the larger plants were beginning to die.
The beds along the deer path are filled with camellias, magnolia trees and lots of weeds.
The tea olives on each corner of the house had began to grow above the roofline and were difficult to keep trimmed.
Pulling Out the Boring
So I did a bit of research and found a list of plants that are suppose to be deer resistant.
We ordered Viburnum, Spirea, Italian Cypress Trees, Knock-out Roses, and Azaleas.
Our crew from Cypress Land Services in Fairhope, AL pulled all the bland and boring plants out in no time.
Installing the Pretty
New Azaleas and an Italian Cypress on this corner.
Back row of plants are viburnum, front are spirea and Italian Cypress on the corners.
Green and alive are so much prettier than brown and dying.
We added bottlebrush trees as a privacy “fence.” I love to sip my coffee on my porch in my pj’s.
New azaleas for the birds.
We are praying for our knockout roses. We learned after the installation that even though these survive in other gardens along a deer path, they are NOT deer resistant.
New container garden.
We would love to begin entertaining more and with a less boring backyard, it will be a joy to invite friends here. It is also a low-maintenance plan that offers a prettier view from our porch than before. Now if it takes us 30 minutes to say goodbye after a friendly gathering, it just won’t matter!
If you live in my area, you can update your backyard with a call to Teddy.
William “Teddy” Coward
Cypress Land Services
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