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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.

Back Patio Before

Birdfeeder and Bath

Lots of weed type plants in the very back of the yard where the “deer and antelope play.”

Flower Beds

Even the recently planted flowers in my planter were not looking healthy.

Dying Indian Hawthorne

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.

Larger Indian Hawthorne

Even the larger plants were beginning to die.

Bed of Weeds

The beds along the deer path are filled with camellias, magnolia trees and lots of weeds.

tea olive

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

Removing shrubbery

So I did a bit of research and found a list of plants that are suppose to be deer resistant.

deer resistant plants

We ordered Viburnum, Spirea, Italian Cypress Trees, Knock-out Roses, and Azaleas.

work begins

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.

A quick cure for a boring backyard

Back row of plants are viburnum, front are spirea and Italian Cypress on the corners.


Spirea, viburnum, cypress

Green and alive are so much prettier than brown and dying.

Plants with Pinestraw

Bottlebrush Trees

We added bottlebrush trees as a privacy “fence.” I love to sip my coffee on my porch in my pj’s.

Azaleas for the birds

New azaleas for the birds.

knockout roses

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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    Mary-the boondocks blog

    July 22, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Kim your backyard looks so much better already. And just wait till they grow. It will be spectacular. I love all of the greenery you have.

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    July 19, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    So cute. 🙂 Love the ideas!

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    July 17, 2016 at 3:02 am

    Ah your backyard is gorgeous! You really made it look so easy to make it look beautiful! I wish I had all that space and greenery in mine! Lovely!

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    July 12, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Looks great Kim, new landscaping is almost as good as redecorating! It’s like having a new house!

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    July 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Gardening can be so fulfilling! Hoping everything grows, grows, grows!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing and linking up at Dishing It & Digging It! 🙂

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    Nikki Gwin

    July 11, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Hello from Hueytown! Looks like you found a good landscaper this time. These choices should be much better. Those tea olives, although I love them and I have one of my own, get WAY too big to be that close to your house!
    🙂 gwingal

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    July 11, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Loving the transformation you did! I admit Deer are not routine visitors in my yard due, so I am so sorry! I would be so upset if someone came by and decided my bushes were dinner. LOL
    Love your new shrubs, they are going to look amazing when they fill out.

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    Laurie at Pride in Photos

    July 7, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Yes, life is just TOO short, for boring anything! Your lawn looks marvelous!

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