Total Tear-Out

What are your thoughts on your outdoor space? Are you quite happy with your yard, or at a 50% or less level of satisfaction? If your passion for your yard has slipped it may be time to consider making some changes.

I recently found myself very unhappy with my outdoor space. There are times when you can make some changes and improve this, and there are times when you are simply better off to tear the whole thing out and start over.

It is important to have a general idea of the outcome you want before starting a large project like this, and making a rough budget is also quite helpful. It is often best to do everything you want, how you want it, and not skip any details while it’s torn up. It is cheaper and easier to encompass everything while your yard is torn up than to come back down the road to finish the things you skip.

The situation I had faced was unfortunately extreme. The plants I had weren’t desirable or in good health, the soil grades (aka levels) were extremely off, the grass was in bad shape, and there was no irrigation. At this point my wife and I had some decisions to make.

So, we sat down with a blank sheet of paper and an open mind. We had agreed at this point that it was best we just tear everything down and properly rebuild it all in one phase. The project then included correcting all grades, drain tiling the downspouts, a full irrigation system, new sod, and the best part: new plants.

Here are some photos of this specific project. The first photo is of the landscape immediately after it was installed, and the next four are of how the lawn and landscape look today.

Daylilies and Blue Oat Grass right after installation, finished with custom brown mulch.
Daylilies and Blue Oat Grass right after installation, finished with custom brown mulch.
Tweten front landscape
The front yard – you can see how the irrigation system has kept the lawn lush and green.

Tweten front landscape

Tweten back yard
You can see in this photo how the grass and daylilies have filled in near the house, along with the living fence.

Tweten back yard

Please visit our Houzz page to see more of our completed landscape projects!

~ Suggestion by Derek Tweten, Landscape Manager at Barrett Lawn Care.  Derek has years of experience in many aspects of landscaping. For more information, Derek can be reached at 612-866-7522 or info@Barrettlawncare.com.

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