Outdoor Improvements with Lowes {And a Giveaway!}

I know you’re supposed to relax in the summer.  Or, at least I’ve HEARD that’s what you are supposed to do. Except I never see anyone actually relaxing.  There are yards to mow, weeds to whack, grills to clean, gardens to tend. 

Basically, more work than in the winter.

And hotter.


But, things need to get done, and we really like having a pretty yard and garden.  We’ve lived here for over 10 years now, and little by little, have turned what was once a near tear-down house and jungle of a yard into something we can be proud of.  One area that’s been easy to neglect though is our small creek.

It tumbles through the front yard, under our driveway.  It’s lined with native rock, grasses, and well, lots of mint that we threw down there in a fit of rage.

Smells like a chewing gum factory.

Strong storms tend to tear up any quick improvements we do to it, so when it came time to do some more permanent landscaping down there, we knew we needed to turn to Lowe’s.


Lucky for us, we know people who know people, and instead of having to haul in hundreds of dollars worth of great stone, we were given it from a local farm.  LOTS of ROCK.  Big ones.  It was the goal to secure the driveway – gravels were getting washed away with every summer storm that came through.  It was time. TIME, I say.

Jon spent several days hauling rock and stacking retaining walls, mortaring in with Quikrete.  Small waterfalls drop into new ponds (still in the works, but looking so nice), and daylilies from the Garden Center at Lowe’s were added along the banks.

I love the way it’s shaping up!


We will continue to make more improvements as the summer progresses (I’m thinking a small bridge and some pretty plants, maybe a seating area or bench?), plus, I also want to work more on our back patio.  New cushions? Maybe an outdoor fireplace?

Are YOU doing any big summer improvements at your house?

Lowe’s would like to help you out with that, and so would I.

Would $100 Lowe’s Gift Card help?  Just let me know you’d like to have it, and one of you will win it.

For more chances to win:

There you have it…5 chances to win $100 to Lowe’s!  Good Luck!

Giveaway is sponsored by and shipped from Lowe’s.  Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST on July 10, 2012.  US Addresses only, please.  Disclaimer: I was supplied a gift card to Lowe’s to purchase items for my makeover, but was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.