How to Spruce up the Yard with Edging and Mulch

It's finally time on the East Coast... the weather is finally out of the 40's and with Memorial Day coming up I decided it was time to work in the yard.

hostas and flowers by the deck

It turned out to be the perfect day to do hard labor in the garden... a misty rain and about 75 degrees.

I began with this... 

All the way around the deck there is English Ivy that has taken over. 

messy ivy and no border

I used an edging tool and the great step by step directions for edging the garden like a pro from my friend Donna at Funky Junk Interiors.

Donna's garden is gorgeous and though mine has a lot of ivy I followed her directions for a beautiful edge around the ivy. 

Once I cut a channel I was ready to add the mulch. 

Edged ivy and grass

I bought large bags of brown mulch from Home Depot for only $2.50 for a huge bag. 

Rake and mulched edging

I scooped out large handfuls of the mulch and dropped it in the channel created with the edger. 

Note to self... wear garden gloves next time... my hands and nails may be permanently brown.

Mulched and edged after photo

A couple of hours later I was finished and the edging in the back yard and it looks beautiful. 

Hydrangea plant with mulch and edging

Hostas and mulched edge

I'm waiting for my plants to grow as I fill in spots with beautiful annuals. 

Bucket of basil and flowers with a mushroom

Stay tuned as we transform the yard this summer with a brand new fence and plenty of gorgeous flowers in rusty, junky planters.

Here are a few more posts about the yard and how we DIY the backyard home improvements... Click to view.

➡️ Adding a Vinyl Fence

➡️ Building a Fire Pit

➡️ DIY Fire Pit Cover

➡️ Adding Pea Gravel

➡️ Building Log Storage 

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .