It’s the gardening time of year again, especially here in Houston, TX. It’s gorgeous, heating up to the 70′s and even 80′s regularly, and I’m trying to get our front yard to look the way I like. The builder’s gardener did pretty well, but I like color.
Here is what our whole front yard looks like currently. It’s pretty open since the Crepe Myrtle on the left and Japanese Magnolia on the right are still pretty young.
First off, I am tired of manually watering everything, so I am looking into automatic sprinkler system options for at least the front yard. We were going to have that done when we first built the house, but we decided to hold off to keep some extra padding on hand during the move and those first expensive months. Now I am ready to splurge and talk Mr. BFS into it too.
I would also like to remove the boxwood from this flower bed and move them over to the right side of the yard to edge off our property. I’ll replace them with 3 Double Knock-Out Roses since they are pretty year round and will add a layer of thorns between the windows and the world.
I think the biggest obstacles to my plans are money and time. We have the cash, but it’s hard for us to justify hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a yard.
The sprinkler system just in the front yard could run $1500 to have it installed by someone else, or $600-$800ish (depending on who you ask) for us to do it ourselves. Buying more Boxwoods, Japanese Magnolias, and a few Double Knock-Out rose bushes could run me $250-$300. And I may see how much my lawn guy would charge to actually do the digging and planting since I don’t see myself carving out a whole afternoon or two to get it done.
Overall, even if I skip the sprinkler system and do everything else I want, I’m still looking at a few hundred dollars and I’m not sure it’s worth it. I want everything to be pretty and perfect, but I also rather not spend a ton of money on something I just don’t pay attention to all that often.
Have you been hit with the gardening bug yet? Would you pay for having stuff done by others? Any idea what I should be expecting to pay for an automatic sprinkler system?