The Yard Is Shaping Up

In the month or so we’ve been in the house, some of the most fun we’ve had has been working out in the yard. It’s definitely nowhere near done yet, but I think it’s time for a little before-and-after glimpse at what we’ve accomplished so far!

When we first looked at the house, the backyard looked like this….

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photo 3 copy 2 photo 4 copy 3 photo 2 copy 2We didn’t even realize there was a large patio under all of that thick carpet of dead leaves!

After we were in the house for a while and had done a bit of trimming, the yard looked more like this:

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Still a long way to go, but making progress! We trimmed as much as we could ourselves, tore out all of the ivy, and put out for pickup as much yard waste each week as we could, but we reached a point where we needed a professional to come in and do what we didn’t have the tools (or necessarily the knowledge) to do.

The “tree climber,” as he calls himself, came out on Friday with his crew and spent several hours taking down about eight trees (most were actually shrubs that had gone untended so long that they had grown into twenty- and thirty-foot “trees,” but not placed in very good areas), grinding down stumps, taking out a prickly pyracantha bush, and hauling away the massive pile of clippings we had generated. (Not sure if you can get an idea of the size, but that pile of clippings was bigger than a Volkswagen Bug. It was a lot of clippings!)

Here’s the work in progress:

Little boy fascinated by the tree trimmers!
Little boy fascinated by the tree trimmers!
The tree climber grinding a stump.
The tree climber grinding a stump.

And here’s the results on Friday afternoon:

Hopefully the citrus tree in the foreground here will start to grow again and produce fruit. I took a TON of dead limbs off of it!
Hopefully the citrus tree in the foreground here will start to grow again and produce fruit. I took a TON of dead limbs off of it!
At some point in time, this was a lawn.
At some point in time, this was a lawn.
A view of the whole "lawn."
A view of the whole “lawn.”
A clean slate!
A clean slate!

And then we started working with our blank slate on Sunday, digging up a ton of old roots and planting five tomato plants, two cucumbers, a basil plant, and a pumpkin plant! Oh, and Chris cleared out the area between the house and the deck that was full of prickly vines and a “volunteer” liquid amber tree that never should’ve been there.

This used to be full of some really prickly vines and a liquid amber tree. What a terrible place for a tree with invasive roots! Plus, the sprinkler valves are back here, and we needed to be able to access them. Chris cleared all of this out on Sunday.
This used to be full of some really prickly vines and a liquid amber tree. What a terrible place for a tree with invasive roots! Plus, the sprinkler valves are back here, and we needed to be able to access them. Chris cleared all of this out on Sunday.

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We have five tomato plants, a basil plant, two cucumber plants, and a pumpkin plant!
We have five tomato plants, a basil plant, two cucumber plants, and a pumpkin plant!

Whew! Let’s hope my black thumb proves to be green in this new yard! Fingers (or green thumbs?!) crossed!

 

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