We finished the mailbox flower bed and I love it! I think it looks great. It’s crazy how just a little bit of work can make such a huge difference!
Overall it took us a few days to complete because we broke up the work load. Realistically this could have been done in two days at the most, but we worked on it little by little over a course of a few days. We decided to go with landscaping posts and I really like it. I was kind of skeptical at first, but I really do think it looks great. We caught a good deal on the posts too! They were about $1.57 each compared to $3.97 each (or something like that). For the mailbox area we only needed about six posts, but when we do our front porch area we will probably need at least 40. We are hoping to catch another deal on them when we are ready to do the porch. That couple of extra dollars saved will really add up!
I didn’t take pictures of the process, but it was pretty simple. Hubs dug a “trench” around the area, then he cut the posts to size (he cut them about one foot long [the posts are eight feet long]), laid them out in the trench to see how we liked them and then pretty much just buried the bottoms in. We also added in some sand around the gaps to make sure they held in place. We have about six inches sticking out and six inches in the ground.
Side note – the weekend that we went to buy the posts we also bought some flowers to fill in the bed. Well, once Hubs had things laid out I thought I would need more flowers. I wanted to get some different flowers so that it would be pretty and colorful with all different kinds of flowers. (I wanted random and colorful, not rows of the same flowers or colors.) So I went to the store and was so happy with my purchases… and then I got home and realized that I had bought the EXACT same flowers. Ha! I must have really liked them. Both times. 🙂
(If you’re wondering about all the straw behind the mailbox, we laid down some grass seed in the hopes that grass would grow. The straw is just so the birds don’t get to it and to help keep it damp so the grass can grow. Hubs used to do landscaping so he knows all about this stuff. I just go with the flow.) =]
Another home project done! =]