I feel like I haven’t posted any big projects in a little while but I can promise you, my husband – Spencer – and I have been super busy with a few!! Our main project this spring has been our backyard – and what a nightmare project it has been. When we moved into our nightmare of a home, our backyard (and front yard for that matter) were horrible. This is what we moved into:
Pure Awesomeness!! Aren’t you jealous your backyard doesn’t look like a scary jungle!!??
As you can tell from the pictures we had a lot of work ahead of us. All together we ended up removing 14 – can I say that one more time – 14 trees. Every single one but the horrible Willow Tree in the back corner – was either dead, dying, poisoned or right in the very middle of the yard – boo! I hate cutting down trees, I feel like such a bad person – but really, they HAD to go! As of today – we are completely treeless in the backyard but that will totally change! We have some big fun plans!!
A year after we bought our house we cleared out a lot of the backyard – (remember the first 9 months were spent remodeling the inside!) These are the only photos I can find from then. I am sorry they are horrible but it at least gives you and idea of the work that we did.
Last year we removed the Willow Tree – You can see it in the very back corner of the yard. Say what you will – but I hate Willow Trees. They are so messy and I want a yard with little up keep. After all this hard work we are doing the last thing I want is a yard littered with horrible branches.
This year we cut down the Maple Tree – We held onto this one for as long as we could. It is a beautiful tree and provides so much shade to our yard – but as I mentioned, it was poisoned and was slowly dying. I was really sad to see it go, but I know it is for the best and we will be replacing it with some other nice trees soon.
We also tore out a bunch of our deck. The people who first built it, built it right on the ground and each year we have battled mice because of it. I hate mice – HATE MICE – so those smaller decks had to go, plus it leaves us with more yard space for our kids. We still have a large deck, which will be replaced next year, because it needs some much needed maintenance. So here is what we started with this year:
I was standing on our deck when I took this picture. I didn’t plan it like this – but where that rope is, is where we removed the lower deck. The dirt is pretty fine without any weeds – We moved a few of the lilac bushes that were growing along the wooden fence and replanted them along the stone fence in the very back. We rented a bobcat and Spencer graded our yard, removed TONS of random concrete throughout the yard and hauled in a bunch of compost – we are prepping for sod!!
In the above picture you can see the roof line where we tore out the deck – it was a covered deck – and even though this is totally ugly – it still looks so much better! So I haven’t been posting or working on other projects because I have been back there raking and raking pile after pile of compost. Tomorrow I am going to share with you the awesome garden boxes Spencer made for me! Stick around as I post updates!! It will be worth it – I promise!!