Before & After: A Patchy Backyard Goes Gorgeously Grass-Free

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(Image credit: Lily Glass)

When Molly moved to her new home she knew her back yard was full of potential, but would require a lot of work. After tearing things up, moving things out and putting in new roots, her backyard is a funky and welcoming oasis.

(Image credit: Lily Glass)

From Molly: When we moved in, the backyard was all dirt and pavers and lattice, everywhere. Eveeeerywhere. We took out lattice in front of the concrete fence, around the raised beds and around the air conditioner. We demoed the lattice on the “patio” which was just making the tiny space we have feel cramped. So basically we got rid of everything that was get-ridable.

We also just started painting the shed (my studio), and are anxiously awaiting painting the rest of the house to match, but we were told to wait until el niño passed… Which I guess it has almost? I don’t know it’s barely rained. We are so stoked to paint the house because it desperately needs it and is going to make a huge difference.

We also cut some squares in the existing concrete outside of the shed. We cut a large square and planted a tree to disguise one of the many eyesores, and we cut another to plant bougainvillea over the shed. It felt very grownup to purchase a tree.

Oh and we moved the house to side of the shed! That little tiny thing made a huge difference.

One of the biggest hurdles is the big ass AC unit right smack dab in plain view. I had AC specialists come out and unfortunately tell me that we can’t move it much further. We can move it over one foot to the left. And it’s gonna cost more than I even want to tell you ($400… uggggh). But we’re going to do it so that we can create a divider off of the wall in order to hide it a bit.

(Image credit: Lily Glass )

Thank you, Molly! You can see more of the space before here and check out the final product here!