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What is in your yard now? Do a before drawing or take pictures.

January 23, 2013

Whenever you set out to accomplish anything in life, it’s always best to do a once over of the current state.  In my previous life I was a Process Engineer at the shipyard in Newport News, Virginia.  We would draw Current State Maps of whatever process we were making more efficient.  Then we would draw in the efficiencies whatever they were.  In the case of your yard, and since you want to spend as little time on it as possible if you’re like me, just snap a few quick pictures.  Take your camera outside and walk your yard taking as few pictures as you can but attaining photos of everything.  Then you’ll go inside and put all of those pictures into a MS Word document (as few pages as possible) and print.  I like to put it into a protective sleeve and put it into my UNgardening Binder every year.  That way, I have a series of photos of each year’s progress.  And I never spend more than 30 minutes on this.  (Unless of course there are technical difficulties with the printer… but hey).  My friends and family all think I spend hours on planning and organizing, but it’s not true.  If you spend a small amount of time early on, you WILL spend less time in late Spring.  I promise!

Of course there are other ways to accomplish the “before” pictures.  This is just how I do it.  Feel free to comment here on how you do it.  I’m sure there are a LOT of great ideas out there!

Below is a gallery of my yard in Fall of 2007, which was about a year after we moved into this house.  The landscaping had been done nicely by the previous owner, but it clearly had been neglected between putting the house up for sale by them, us buying it, having little kids keeping us busy that first year, and my serious lack of gardening knowledge.  And so it began… I took these pictures, set a budget, and started to do just a little at a time.  If I can do it, so can you!

Cheers for now,

The UNgardener

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