Today’s the day! It’s National “Make a list of all the outdoor projects you’ll never finish” Day. Have you heard of it?
That’s because I just made it up.
But I figure that almost every day brings some sort of crazy national celebration. I mean, National Siblings Day? Pizza Day? Cake Day? Pet Appreciation Day? (Isn’t that every day?)
I’m totally in favor of any day of celebration. Especially if it involves cake. And I figured we needed a day to commit to all the outdoor curb appeal projects we’ll never actually complete. Hurrah.
With sunshine and warmer temperatures arriving in the Midwest, we are ready for those outdoor projects. We started plenty of curb appeal and landscaping projects late last summer, but there’s plenty more to do. And what better day to do it than today – National “Make a list of all the outdoor projects you’ll never finish” Day.
Here’s our list …
Plant a windbreak. (Ryan just finished this – hurrah!)
Mulch and add to perennial landscaping around the front of the house.
This area is already looking promising after planting a load of bulbs and perennials last fall. We need to spruce up the mulch and adjust some of the spacing, but I think it will look great.
Create a path from the front porch.
Rock? Stone? Brick? We need a walking path for the UPS guy. I mean, our friends and family.
Add skirting under front porch.
Our front porch and stairs were finished last fall. Now we need to hide what’s under there. Hoping to finish that this summer.
Plant more grass in bare spots.
The grass is filling in nicely, but there are still some bare spots. Would love to get this lush and green this year.
Add more low-maintenance perennials around barn.
We moved some of the plants around, and I’d like to make the area around the barn look nice all year – but also be low-maintenance. I’m thinking of adding more day lillies and grasses.
Finish cleaning and organizing house garage.
We still have some work to do to make both the garages totally organized and functional.
Finish rock and landscaping underneath the back porch.
This is an extension of the area where Ryan built a retaining wall last year. I’d really like to make this space look intentional – and it may be a good spot for all the outdoor toys.
Create a small herb garden on the back porch.
I have a quick and easy plan to make herbs and lettuce more accessible by keeping them right on the back porch.
Plant veggie garden.
We are downsizing the garden this year to make it a bit more manageable. My goal is to actually weed it, but no promises.
Move and organize outdoor toys.
The outdoor toys keep multiplying. What do I do with all of them? I’m open to suggestions here. I have no plans or ideas.
Clean and decorate the front porch – add more seating.
I would love to create a nice little seating area on the front porch.
Clean and prep the back porch.
Winter is rough on outdoor spaces. The back porch needs a deep cleaning. And it also needs a new screen on one wall because the wind actually ripped it off this winter. Living in the country isn’t for the faint of heart.
Landscape the back of the house near the garage door.
Our garage man door got a little paving last year, which looks great. But now, we need to deal with all the mud around the pavers.
So, that’s my list. So far. I don’t write this to promise I’ll do it all.
I write it because it’s National “Make a list of all the outdoor projects you’ll never finish” Day and it’s a requirement. If you don’t make a list, something dreadful will happen to you and your second cousin’s best friend’s dad. It’s science.
But I would love to hear about your outdoor list this year …
What’s on your curb appeal wish list?
(Don’t worry. I won’t hold you to it.)
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