To keep skunks from getting underneath, I tacked up some vinyl lattice to get me through the winter.
But I don't like the look of this at all so I'm searching for a new solution. I also began replacing all the rotting skirting boards on the house with pressure treated plywood.
My new garden beds will sweep from the driveway over to the far side of the front yard with a curving edge and a path that leads to the gate in the fence you can see on the left-hand side of the house.
I have herds of deer wandering my neighbourhood. Herds, people - not just one or two stray deer! My front yard is north-east facing and gets some morning sun but is shady from noon to sunset (about 6 hours of sun per day). To compensate for these two issues, I am planning to use these plants and shrubs:
Wichita Blue Juniper
Northern Lights Azalea (hoping that these are truly deer resistant!)
Karl Foerster Reed Grass
Ladies' Mantle (because I have hundreds of seedlings in my gardens)
and a few daylilies thrown in for good measure.
My back yard is getting an overhaul too. This is my problem area:
This area gets sun beating on it from 3pm until sunset (around 10pm). It is FREAKING HOT. This is also the section of house where my bedroom is. I want to come up with some ideas to shade the side of the house and the window and door to keep everything as cool as possible.
I have some ideas for an easy solution but you'll have to watch for it! Coming up soon on the blog ;)
Have a happy weekend!