Through the last six years, Chris Jones of Hammond has spent approximately $3,500 and countless hours fixing the lawn and garden of his childhood home, which was built in 1918.
When he was a kid, Jones would spend his summer helping his mother pull weeds out of the garden, and although he says he hated it when he was a kid, it made him appreciate having a well-kept garden. When his childhood home went on the market six years ago, he wanted to bring the garden back to his mother’s standard.
“The house was completely let go,” Jones says. “The lady I bought the house from even apologized for its state.”
Jones had to remove concrete slabs from the yard so that he could begin to rebuild the garden. Currently, the garden has 14 varieties of roses, a vegetable garden, hydrangeas, a fountain and a patio area with palms that overlook a saltwater swimming pool. It took six summers of hard work to get the garden back to his mother’s standard, but now Jones and his family enjoy the fruits of their labor, and now only need to devote one to two hours a week for upkeep.
“We have people come by the house three times a week to take pictures of the house,” Jones says. Last year, his home was involved in the Munster Garden Walk despite being located in Hammond. Typically, this does not happen, but the attendants wanted to walk through.
Jones recommends that gardeners make sure they thoroughly read the labels of plants before they buy them so they can make sure the plants will fit their garden. “When it comes to height, the plant will get as big as it says it will on the label, and it can potentially take over your whole house,” Jones says.