We moved into our current house in early 2007, and five years on, things are beginning to show signs of wear and in need of repairs. There’s a whole lot of home improvement works in my list but the work has been delayed again and again. Reason being we are planning to get the original interior decorator cum contractor who renovated our house to work on them, but he has been busy with other bigger projects so ours repeatedly got pushed back.
In any case, we started work on our small patch of lawn in the front yard with a garden landscaper. We had previously planted Philippines grass which required a lot of maintenance. The grass grew quite fast and therefore needed to be cut at least once in 1-2 months. And due to different level of exposure to sunlight, the lawn had turned ugly with patches of yellow, as Philippines grass need sunlight to grow well. We also had a giant-leaved yam plant which was growing too huge for the small garden and encroaching into the parking area.
So one fine day, the workers came and uprooted the grass and the yam plant.
We replaced the Philippine grass with the low maintenance pearl grass, which requires little cutting or watering. The texture of the pearl grass is not as nice as the Philippines grass, but I’d trade this for the convenience and time saving. In place of the yam plant, we planted a bonsai-like tree which will not grow sideways.
Next project for the front yard would be to get pavers to replace the interlocking paving stones at the car porch, which has weeds growing in between, to patterned tiles for easier maintenance.