I’ve always loved making my yard look nice. From the time I was a child and my father paid me five dollars to mow the lawn, I took pride in making the yard look neat and trim. Over the years, I learned more and more about how to keep the yard clean and well-tended. When I purchased my own house, I really began to branch out. Instead of simply mowing and edging, trimming hedges and weed-eating, I decided to add a touch of artistry. I began to add seasonal flowers and plants, adding them in creative arrangements, configurations, and planters. I learned to make raised planters that make growing seasonal vegetables and fruits easy and fun. I started trimming the hedges into shapes other than round! It was surprisingly straightforward to trim my hedges into beautiful topiaries that got my yard noticed. I even taught myself how to place and arrange paving stones. I made a pathway in my front yard from my driveway to my front door, replacing the ugly cement sidewalk. I used pavers to make raised planters and garden markers for my fresh fruits and veggies. I even made a beautiful patio deck in my backyard that my family enjoyed year round to bar-b-que, entertain, and just spend time together.
As my own yard began to take shape and stand out, my family members asked me to work with their yards to make them more than simple grass and hedges. My neighbors requested ideas and suggestions to make their own yards look as great as mine. I began to think that I might be able to make a little money on the side helping people design their dream yards. Little did I know that it would be just the beginning of my journey to turning my simple, enjoyable hobby into a real money making opportunity to improve my life and finances and to help my friends, neighbors and clients appreciate a beautifully landscaped yard that turns heads and makes outdoor activities delightful and enjoyable.
I never imagined that my hobby would become such a big part of my life and make such a huge impact on my community. As I drive through my town, I see homes that I helped make beautiful, and I see others that I can’t wait to get started on! My hobby has been a really important part of providing for my family, and I love it just as much today as I did when I was a kid.