The first choice we had to make was how much lawn did we want to keep? I think I’ve already expressed myself about lawnmowers, but to put a more positive spin on it, Dennis vanEngelsdorp has a great slogan “Make Meadows, Not Lawns” (hat-tip to Bug Girl). I didn’t want any lawn, but my wife wanted a bit of green near the pond-to-be. Also, on reflection, all the neighbours have lawns and offending them wasn’t on the agenda, so I decided to keep the first two metres of the front lawn intact (the city owns that land anyway). That way people walking by could have their grass fix and a chance to admire the contrast with the rest of the garden. The rest all had to go.
The mulching begins.
And so it began, mulching and planting through with things we thought pollinators and birds would like. Yes, the original Home Bug Garden idea hadn’t really developed past the birds and bees stage, but it was a start.