So today I checked out HGTV.com, to see if they needed anyone for Curb Appeal: The Block. I love this show because not only do you get your house done, some of your neighbors do too! I find out they were only looking for people in the San Fran area. No fair! I guess I will keep checking back.
The reason I want to be on it so bad is because I have literally no idea what to do outside. The previous homeowners were obvious gardners. Me on the other hand, will scream if I see a bug and have no interest in tending to plants. I have even killed one of those supposed “no matter how much you don’t take care of it, it will still live” bamboo plants that were all the rage a few years ago. And I even took care of it! I followed the directions! And it still kicked the bucket. I do not have a green thumb whatsoever. I apparently have a plant murdering thumb.
We have beautiful rose bushes, and they are too pretty to cut down. They have even supplied some free bouquets in my kitchen this summer. So that’s awesome. But they have now taken over our walkway. Boo. The previous homeowners were also what I would consider hoarders of outside decorations and potted plants. They even had some fake plants in pots. I AM NOT KIDDING. Dirt and all. Like. “here you go fake plant, absorb all the nutrients of the soil! Grow! Prosper!” A neighbor told us that the lady who lived here would go to the flea market every Tuesday and come home with some other outside decoration thing each week. Plus we have the bottom of a birdbath or something that the man who lived here told us at closing he would be back to get it once the snow melted. Dude, the snow melted four months ago. In another month, it’s going to the trash. It’s freaking concrete and heavy, so I am not looking forward to moving it. Crossing my fingers he remembers and comes and gets it someday before I throw it out.
Over the course of a few weeks, we are trying to clear everything out. We can put up to 8 trash cans out at a time and so far we’ve been doing 4 at a time. There are still some pots that we need to remove, but we are getting there. We also hired a guy back in April to remove some overgrown and old bushes. I literally said every morning as I walked into it because it was freaking humongous “I HATE THIS BUSH!!” And that could be taken so many ways ha. He’s also supposed to contact us about a fence, but he went on vacation like a month ago and haven’t gotten back to me. Dude might have dropped the ball and missed out on our business after that…
But just looking at the landscaping, I have no clue how to even start. Like what bushes to remove and what to plant that- here’s the key- I can’t kill! We don’t have shutters, should we? There are also chairs literally chained to a tree out there, and a huge lilac bush in the backyard that I am pretty sure is on the neighbors property but they have passed it off on us! Plus probably a years worth of overgrowth that leads to the alley behind the house. Oh, where to start.
Seriously, Curb Appeal, if you ever feel like coming to PA, my house is probably the red headed stepchild of the block. Sorry neighbors. Hopefully one day we will get to work on it.