My Mum and Dad came up to visit today and brought my Grandma with them. Their trip up was partly to see the new house, but also, partly to help me out with some of the yard work that needs two pairs of hands.
Dad and I started out front – we trimmed back a shrub that was growing up across the big window and then Dad climbed up the step ladder and pulled out the rest of the Wisteria that had grown up into the roof line. I had already cut away all of its connection to its roots, but some of it was too high up for me to get without help.
Once that was done, Dad and I headed into the back yard to tackle some of the overgrowth back there – namely the big dead Sumac tree and its smaller sproutlings on the left side of the yard.
When I took possession of the house, the back yard looked something like this:
|Welcome to the jungle, Baby!|
|Believe it or not, there's a pond under there somewhere!|
|There's actually a maple tree back there somewhere!|
|Overgrown Sumac on dead Sumac...|
And now, having cut down the dead Sumac as well as its sproutlings, it looks like this:
|Holy smokes - I can see the yard!|
|A Sumac tree still destined to come down...|
|Huh - there were paving stones under there!|
Did you notice? There’s a GORGEOUS Japanese Maple back there – one that was being choked out by the sumac and was completely invisible from the house because of it!
Here’s another shot of this gorgeous little tree:
Now… I think I also mentioned that Mum & Dad gave me a Coral Bark Maple as a house warming present? She is in the back yard right now too – until I can dig her spot in the front. They are called coral barked trees because new growth has this beautiful coral colour to it – see what I mean?
And neato-fenito? I am finding all SORTS of interesting stuff now that I can actually SEE much more of the back yard… here are a few of the finds to date:
|tumbled rocks around the pond|
|wind chimes that were hidden in the Sumac|
|PVC pipes - I think used as "fencing"|
So... next up will be multiple trips to the dump with cut down trees and branches and stuff... here's just a little of what will eventually end up going:
|Everything needs to be cut into smaller pieces|
|the whole back fence is piled high with stuff!|
And just so you know she was there:
My neighbour has put me in touch with a friend of his who will, for a very small amount, load the back of his truck and haul items to the dump. Next Sunday we will haul out load #1 from the back.
With love across the waters,