Life...Fun and Kentucky Real Estate


Kentucky New Construction Landscaping: Creek + Flowers = Happiness!

My story begins in 2004. I was really dreaming of owning my first home in Kentucky. I was busy in my rookie year of real estate.

Since I was a first time homebuyer, I knew I wasn't really experienced with owning land. I had been a renter all my life or at least since I was 18. Sure, I had a small garden or two. Maybe had a deck with some container plants as I paid my rent. That was NOTHING till I had a BIG yard with a creek and a new construction landscape.

My Kentucky creekMy Kentucky creek now



This property I bought was weed-city, USA. No good grass, no trees, or plants and clay dirt.

I was the second owner. The first ones lived in the house like bears with furniture for 10 months. Outside, they had never put in the first plant or pulled their first weed.

In the first picture this is how it looked AFTER I pulled out by hand all the 6 foot tall weeds that covered the whole area above and below the creek. Let me tell you, I met a few snakes that got whacked along the way.

I made a goal for myself to pull out 3 trash bags full of weeds each day till I had worked my way across the top of the creek. After I pulled them out...the first year was spent spraying for the new weeds that tried to sneak in. Then I had to deal with errosion. So I terraced it with treated lumber and rebar stakes. The guard rail was added in the 2nd year.

The first few years have been a bit of trial and error. With seed and flower donations from friends, it's now into the fourth year and finally I love the look of it. I'm here to tell you that one person CAN make a difference. Sure it looked overwhelming but I worked on it each day a bite at a time. Now I love seeing it each day. People that walk along the sidewalk are stopping to enjoy all the colorful wildflowers, poppies and Irises.

I took these pictures this morning to document my progress. I think my favorites are the poppies. Everything that is blooming, came up this year without me planting anything. That was thrilling to see what would bloom!

Sometimes when I am out there digging around and pulling weeds in my tall rubber boots(now that IS a funny picture)I think it is a stress reducer. I can concentrate on the task instead of business. I need that every now and then. 

The creek in my backyard is a piece of heaven in the city. The sound of it always relaxes me.

my poppies 

I'm encouraging you to not let your landscape overwhelm you. Take a section at a time and work on it. 

I feel that the yard and house are an extention of who I am. My personality. Or maybe it is the attention to detail I want it to represent. It hasn't cost a lot of money...just a bit of my time.

It might take a few years for your effort to blossom in a new construction yard. Just have patience.

Isn't that supposed to be a virtue? Good luck and have fun!



Lizette Fitzpatrick - Baby Boomer Real Estate Relocation Specialist with Prudential Don Foster in Richmond, Kentucky.

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Comment balloon 8 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • May 14 2008 09:35AM


Lizette--Your yard is beautiful! What a huge difference in the landscaping! You have done a wonderful job.

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) almost 11 years ago

That is so darn gorgeous!  You have worked wonders and I would be one to stop and take in the beauty and get a snap shot or two as well!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Thanks Teri! I sure do enjoy it now. I've forgotten the pain of it all! lol

Sally - I can just picture you hanging over the guard rail for some some shots of my poppies!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago

I know I sure did enjoy hanging out on your deck looking at the creek and the fabulous landscaping work.    It is a true sanctuary.

Posted by Connie King almost 11 years ago

Connie - That was so much fun for you to hang out with us. I bet it is beautiful down in your neck of the woods.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago

What a diffference. Amazing how it has changed. You did a great job. All the best.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) almost 11 years ago

Hey Lizette, you are amazing... I love what you did with the yard. Great job! Enjoy your day. Regards, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Carolyn- Thanks! It has been a work in progress. At least my trees are starting to look good this year without the drought affecting them.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

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