Friday, February 27, 2009

You Might Be A Redneck If...





you lay wall to wall carpet in your front yard.

I'm not really a redneck - well, maybe a little - but old carpet is great to use as landscaping fabric. This is some of the carpet that came out of an empty store and I asked if I could have it. Not only does it work great to keep the weeds out, but it spares the landfills from more discarded stuff....and it's free! And you all know how I love free :) In my effort to reduce the amount of mowing I have, I am making more and more "natural" areas in the front yard.

I know - there is a trashy dresser in one of the pictures. That's a solid walnut dresser somebody threw away last summer and I dragged it home. It was very ugly and at first I just wanted the back panel to use for making bird houses. Then I decided to take the whole thing home. It was actually quite cute last summer when the drawers were overflowing with flowers. I need all the large structural things I can get, trying to turn this field into a yard :)


I managed to get some tidying up done out front from all the winter winds. I've got tons more to do but it's supposed to get cold again this weekend, so I'll stay inside and work on some other projects.

(Note - don't use carpet for weed control if you're growing things to eat due to chemicals leaching from the carpet.)

9 comments:

Carrie P. said...

Such a great way to recycle. I like the dresser.

nikkicrumpet said...

The dresser planter is ADORABLE!!!!!

Diane said...

Phyllis, how cute is that!!! I love the old battered dresser-as-flower-box idea! And it looks so sweet at the end of the flower bed!

Just laughing at your "redneck" comments. LOL! Maybe that would fit if you had a car up on cinder blocks in the picture with flowers growing out of THAT! ;-) Or an old toilet as planter. ;-)

Thanks for the smiles this Saturday morning!
Diane
PS: I'm jealous of you being able to get outside already. It's flurrying here this morning! Grrrr!

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I just love that dresser idea! I used an old potty chair for a planter in a garden last year. aseeing those flowers makes me want this blasted snow to melt but we are expecting more tomorrow and Monday. Yuck!

Magpie Sue said...

What a pretty blog! My first visit, after you left a kind comment on mine. That picture of your granddaughter is ADORABLE. Now I need to go see whether you have any eggs left in your etsy shop...!

Just Between Us Girls said...

I love love love love what you did with the dresser...not you need to add a bed of roses...useing an old iron bed...oooh yes you do. I just love everything you do in that area. Grand.
Pat

Lace hearts said...

What a lovely way to use an old dresser.
I'm with you on the carpet - it's a handy way to get rid of weeds.

Betty said...

Well, there you go again...being all 'crafty'! I love the old dresser; the carpet not so much...haha. It's a great idea, though. All we have here is gravel, gravel, gravel! Way too hot to grow much; and, my gardening skills rank right up there with my sewing, knitting, crocheting, painting, etc. skills...which means 'nonexistent'! Love your posts.

crow productions said...

How lovely! I love the idea of using and old ratty piece to make something gorgeous. Very Cool!