Homeowner says garden gives new life to flower beds gone to seed

Homeowner says garden gives new life to flower beds gone to seed

When Angie’s List member Kelly Aaron moved into her Prairie Village, Kansas, home five years ago, she created an immaculate landscape in her front yard. Over time, grass and weeds crept into her flower beds, and it grew into a paradise lost.

Aaron tried to find a lawn service pro who could also do garden upkeep, but she received lackluster results. Then she saw gardeners working on a neighbor’s yard. “There was a house a couple of yards down that has beautiful landscaping,” she says. “They have ivy like I do, and I said, ‘I wonder if Angie’s List has any gardeners?’”

She found The Gardener in Kansas City, Missouri, and called owner Beverly Martin. “When Bev came to give me a quote, she got my style,” she says. “I have some funky concrete stuff on the front stoop, and she was able to surmise that I wanted a sharp, cleaned-up, but sort of messy English garden look.”

Although she didn’t know what kind of price to expect, she said Martin’s quote seemed very fair. “I thought if I got an estimate back and it was like $2,000, I’d probably call someone else to check,” she says. “When I got $975 back, I was pretty happy about that.”

Martin did the work sooner than planned. In less than four hours, Martin and another worker were finished. “Aside from removing all the grass and weeds, they cut in the ivy along paved borders, removed ivy from portions of the house, shaped bushes, added pavers up to the hose that matched existing pavers, mixed mulch in with the ivy and planted new bushes,” Aaron says.

Aaron plans to have Martin maintain the front yard and eventually redesign the backyard.

Right now, she says the new look is so beautiful that it’s entertaining. “I don’t know if I have literally taken my lawn chair out and had a beer, but I have walked around and admired it with a beer,” she says. “I will admit it.”

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