It’s been quite some time since I’ve updated my garden confessional. But I have a good reason – I’ve been spending tons of time outside enjoying my little microcosm. It helps that October and November have been absolutely incredible. My thirty day challenge did wonders for my garden and the time I spend in it. That was the goal, of course. My delinquent gardener days are over!
Speaking of goals, I have one major confession left. When I started my thirty day project, my husband and I were committed to doing everything ourselves – like we always have. But as the days ticked away and we were getting closer to a party deadline, we called in the real garden installation professionals – Lazar Landscape! I have to say, it was an amazing experience. I’ve worked here at Lazar Landscape for over ten years. I see the amazing work our crews do for our clients – but I’ve never been on this side of a project. My husband and I had gotten very close to completing our mission, but we had three time consuming challenges that we just ran out of time on. Miguel and his team finished everything on our list in two half days that would have taken us two or three more weekends! It was such a pleasure and relief to come home and have my garden back. I suppose I shouldn’t write a testimonial for my own company – but it was an awesome experience! I feel like the guy in that old Hair Club for Men ad – I’m not just the design manager at Lazar Landscape – I’m a member!
The first project was replacing our old gravel in our firepit area. From the second we installed the California Gold gravel five years ago, I hated it. I actually quite like the gravel in many gardens, but never liked it in ours. We switched to crushed black basalt, which is a pretty gray when it’s not wet. It really makes all of the colors around it pop and anchors the garden. I love it next to the lawn. I don’t know how they did it, but our crew got rid of all the old gravel – so clean. The removal alone would have taken me at least a day, and I probably wouldn’t have gotten it as clean. How do they do it?Oh, the lawn. After much hemming and hawing, we decided to go with real sod. I’m still not sure if it was the right decision, but our dogs love it! We did artificial turf stepping circles leading up to the real sod – it’s been near impossible to maintain them with real sod. So far, so good. Team Lazar Landscape retrofitted our irrigation and fixed some funky bender board while they were at it.
The last thing on our list was to fix some benches we rescued from a job site. They needed legs and stabilization. It was the first thing that I sat on when I got home – and they’re a great addition to evenings by the firepit.At the beginning of September, I would wake up dreading the view out my window. Now it’s the first thing I do. It’s so nice to take my morning coffee into the garden and start my day with the meditative act of weeding and communing with my plants and hummingbirds. And to start thinking of the next project!