Four years ago last weekend, Tool Lady, Fish Girl and I moved into our new home. We had been living in a condo that we outgrew and were able to purchase our house right before the housing market tanked (the stars literally lined up…)! In my excitement about us celebrating 4 years in our new home, I wanted to look back on all we’ve done to the property. It’s been back-breaking work (literally), but it has all been worth it!
We bought the house for the house (the sizes of the bedrooms, the upstairs porch, the open floor plan…) and not for it’s curb appeal because…well…it had zero curb appeal. The front yard was filled with 30 year old Junipers/trash collectors and layers of rock and weed cloth. The backyard was just full of rock and weed cloth with one lonely (but huge) tree. Not pretty by any stretch of the imagination, but newly ours. We didn’t do much to the yards the first year, but started attacking it the second summer.
|Massive Juipers cut down to size|
We started off thinking we could just cut them back and save them. Little did we know that 30 years of neglect means that you either leave them large or you have to take them completely out.
|Stumps and Juniper carnage|
We spent hours and hours battling the stinkin’ (literally) Junipers. Note the mountain of branches. Madness. Then, we had to tackle the immense roots! Shovels and a sawz-all became our best friends and worst enemies!
|Tool Lady and Fish Girl planting the fantastic Russian Sage that replaced the stinkin’ Junipers|
In the end, though, it was worth it to not have to look at those things anymore. We have a corner lot, which gives us more land than most in our neighborhood (we have a whole 1/8 acre!), but also meant that our yard was used as a walk-through for people to get from Point A to Point B. It also meant that our lovely Juniper was used as a trash can for 30 years. Gross.
These Russian Sage are now huge, wonderfully lavender and silver and have completely taken over the space. All summer long they are covered with bees, which makes my heart very happy!
NOTE-I have decided to do this whole looking back thing in a few installments…next will be the front yard, then we’ll cover the back yard!