Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Landscaping with Picasa

The young couple who sold us our house did a beautiful job of remodeling the inside.  Over time, I will show you some more pictures.  Their plan to finish landscaping (they put in a beautiful deck and patio, and a nice front stoop and walk way) came to a halt when they had a baby and decided to move out of state, closer to their families. 
So, Dan and I get to do the fun part, which is planting trees and building gardens, with a clean, fresh canvas.
To get started, I took a photo of our house and used Picasa to print out a 'pencil sketch.' 
Then, I got some landscaping and plant books, and played around to come up with some ideas.  (Note:  DO try this at home!)  I have no experience and spent lots of time cruising through neighborhoods and looking at other houses to get ideas. Our biggest challenge is that our house is so 'flat.'  We wanted to come up with some ways to give it dimension.  This is Phase 1.  To the right of the front door, there's a little sidewalk leading to the driveway.  Phase 2 is to put a section of split rail fence in front of that little walk, so we can plant some rosebushes and stuff in front of it.  Also, Dan wants to put a little roof thingy over the front stoop at some point down the road.
In the meantime, here's my sketch. . . We took it to our local tree nursery and spent an hour or so with the horticulturist, who made a few suggestions for better shrubs, and helped us pick out some trees.

A few hundred shovels full of dirt later. . .

And a few ornamental things and flower pots. . .
And lots of mulch and hauling of landscaping bricks (kindly left by the previous owners). . .

 Voila!  Okay. Doesn't look like much right now. . . but give it a few years!

P.S. Painting the front door is next on the list!  We've had some pretty heavy weather the past week, with thunderstorms and rain every afternoon.  I need a nice, dry, hot day to get that door painted.


Mari said...

You are brilliant! I would never have thought of using Picasa for that.
It looks so nice after all that work.

Linda Hoye said...

This is a great idea! We have lived in our new (to us) home for a little over three months now. Isn't it fun making it your own?!

Susanne said...

Look at you getting all techie to do your landscaping! My problem is I'm the impatient type and have a hard time envisioning what it will be like in a few years. I'm infamous for purchasing plants and then digging them up and moving them. Maybe I need to give this method a try.

Mereknits said...

You are going to have so much fun, it is like a blank slate, ready for your wonderful touch.