Phew. This has been a long time coming. Three years, precisely.
When we first bought our house, it had been empty for over a year, and the once-beautiful yard was a jungle. Overgrown bushes, ivy everywhere, and weeds galore. We couldn’t even spend time in our yard for the first two summers we had here because of the bugs. There is one surviving rose bush that I refused to let Russell tear out, but the rest of the yard was torn out from the roots up. We took out two tri-axle loads of debris – and our yard is of the postage stamp variety. It was nuts.
But after three years, we finally have some flowers and mulch on the ground, the bugs are under control, and it’s actually an enjoyable space. I love spending time in our yard now. It’ll never be done but I’m enjoying it while it’s in progress!
After everything was torn out, we regained about eight feet of yard on one side, and another four in the back. It was well worth the effort!
We also planted sunflowers, dahlias, salvia, butterfly bush, daisies, lavender, poppies, and southern charm on this hillside, along with herbs and pumpkin and daisy gourd vines. A lilac bush and a blue flowering hydrangea were also planted to try to fill in some border holes and regain a little bit of privacy. Once the butterfly bush grow tall, we will have a pretty, flowering border at the top of our hill.