short and long term de-uglification
We bought this house last spring because of location and neighborhood. I am very happy with those, but honestly I CRINGE every time the house comes into view when I return home. We are definitely the ugly home in the neighborhood.
It's so bare and arid and charmless.
I love to garden and have had nice places in the past but this house - I am so blocked, stonkered, stymied... Sigh.
I would so appreciate any suggestions on how to begin this year, and any ideas I could work towards long-term!!!!!!!
Wishes and Problems and Photos:
The front of my house faces north-east.
We live in a community with a huuuuuge deer problem. Most of my neighbors who garden frequently spray their plants with sour milk or some sort of spray that has blood in it to repel deer, fence, and plant ONLY very deer resistant plants.
I have 11 large oak trees in my front yard. I could afford to remove a few of them, but removing all of them would be a very very big deal to my budget. If I did remove some of them, I'd prefer it be the ones closest to my house foundation.
My biggest complaint is that the front yard looks so dreary and arid. I'm actually an avid gardener and my previous two houses were charming and flowery.
My daughter and I did plant some daffodils last fall. And I planted a Harry Lauder's Walking Stick near the mailbox and a service berry tree near the gas meter in the front yard.
Our contractor suggested that we remove the mulch next to the house under the boxwood shrubs and replace it with rock. The sidewalk is feels very narrow, so i thought about visually widening it by adding an additional stripe of the rock on the side of the sidewalk away from the house.
I would also be thrilled if I could have some sort of attractive pine tree/ evergreen to break up the expanse of the wall to the left of the front door, a tree I could decorate for Christmas -
(also, btw, when we are able to re-stain the house I am hoping to use a very dark brown that looks green in some lights, kind of like sherwin williams Status Bronze.)