Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Next new house project: The yard

I know the yard was beautiful all spring and into the summer, blooming with daffodils, peonies, irises, daylilies, and non-stop roses. However, due to several factors, horribleness occurred.

It rained and rained and rained. Weeds loved that. Some of the nicer plants rotted. Poison ivy and poison oak took over the extensive flower beds.

I had to be out of town enough that, well, the horribleness occurred. Something had to be done. For one thing, there are too many trees in the front yard. Some of them have to go. In the flower bed beneath three of them, weeds don’t even grow! Well, except for poison ivy, and it doesn’t thrive there.

For another thing, the flower beds are too large and too many. There’s no way we’ll be able to keep them up. (By “we” I mean “I” since I’m the only one who tends plants in this family.)

We’ve gathered estimates and have hired a landscaper and a tree company. The tree company will take down 3 of the trees and grind out the stumps. Sadly, one of the trees is the weeping cherry that was so gorgeous. The only reason it has to go is that it is dying. The branches are barer and barer every week and the trunk is almost falling apart.

The landscaper has sprayed twice in preparation for clearing most of the plants. The plan is to end up with one smaller flower bed that gets sun. As many bulbs as possible will be saved and moved, and we can always get more.

I’ve tried to give the roses away, but the neighbors don’t want them. Hey, I understand--I’m not a rose person either. And these roses are planted right at the curb where a passenger exiting a parked car will get stuck! Not too hospitable.

We’re not sure how long this will take, but eventually, the yard will be lots more grass than it is now. We hope.


Librarian D.O.A. said...

A noble project! It looks like you have lots of good stuff to work with. It will be fun to see the transformation :)

Kaye George said...

Apparently, landscapers work very slowly--or infrequently. If it's rainy or windy, they don't show up. I hope this gets done by next spring!

galealbright said...

Sad about the weeping cherry tree.
Maybe you could go to the post office and stuff those two extra trees and those roses into a flat rate box and mail them to me in Hutto!

Kaye George said...

We'll definitely plant another weeping cherry. It's a gorgeous tree. I'll see what I can do about shipping the roses. I suspect what the outcome will be, though. The other trees are nice, healthy trees and it's sad to take them down. But there just isn't room for all of them to continue to grow. Bad planting was done here!

Claire said...

I think you'll be much happier with a more manageable grouping of trees and plants, Kaye. Perhaps the horribleness was a blessing in disguise, as it showed the flaws in the landscaping early on (you moved there recently, didn't you?)before you became too attached to the way it was.

Kaye George said...

The guy who lived here before us spent all his time on the yard. Not out goal! Yes, a simple, small flower bed would work much better.