I am submitting our backyard for the makeover at my wife’s request. We have tried for several years to improve the yard however there always seems to be something that takes a higher priority to the point it appears to be beyond control. Five years ago we lost a teenage son in a car accident and I have attempted to create a memory garden for him with many of the flowers and plants we received. It is not what I had hoped it would be. Then there’s the fact that after we built our home we realized that all of the water runoff from properties above us flows through our back yard. To control this I rented a backhoe and created a ditch to contain it however it has failed to keep it from bringing down the debris from above our yard not to mention that it is an eyesore. I would prefer not to mention the play area that is such a disaster. Between it washing away from the rain runoff and the deterioration of the playhouse it is by far the biggest distracter of the yard.
It is not so much that it has been left to fall apart as there just has not been enough time in each day to correct or improve things. Our daughter had a child eighteen months ago that required the creation of a baby room and fruit basket turnover for our other child to another room. Between babysitting evenings and weekends, being a Boy Scout leader for my youngest sons Boy Scout Troop and serving in several ministries at our church, I simply cannot create more time in each day to move the yard work up my to-do-list consistently enough.
I would love to win this Back Yard Makeover for my wife who endures my other commitments that I have which leaves our yard in such disarray. She deserves a beautiful yard to enjoy and share time with our granddaughter along with a fitting memorial garden to honor our son.