Yard Work: Cutting Down the Awkward Tree

Front yard before

Front yard before

Both the front and back yards of the house need some/a lot of work, but the very first thing I wanted to tackle was cutting down the awkward ugly bush/tree next to our driveway.  I don’t even know what it was supposed to be, but it looked like somebody tried to shape an evergreen into some sort of arch and failed miserably.  It was one of the first things I noticed when we first toured the house, and I don’t mean noticed in a good way.  Once we moved in we also realized that it blocked our view of the street while backing out of our driveway, so there was a safety incentive to get rid of it as well.

Ugly tree close up

Ugly tree close up

The morning of the 4th of July we decided it was as good a time as any to break out the reciprocating saw and hack the thing down.  But when we took a closer look we realized the trunk was much thicker than we expected and an actual hand saw would be necessary.  So we got ready to take a trip to Jerry’s, the locally owned home improvement store that is approximately 10 million times better than Home Depot or Lowe’s. But first we experienced our first earthquake, so that was fun.

Anyway, it didn’t really take us very long to cut the tree down, but it did take us a while to hack it up into movable pieces and drag said pieces to our backyard.  A pile of branches now sits on one of the concrete slabs behind our house, waiting for us to build a fire pit we can burn it in.  And then we had to try and clean up all the tiny branches and dead needles that had been stuck inside the tree without a rake because we forgot to get one of those when we bought the saw.

Ugly be gone!

Ugly be gone!

All the work was definitely worth it because our front yard looks so much better without that ugly green lump!

Front yard after

Front yard after

The next task for the front yard will be building a new retaining wall along the sidewalk and cleaning up all the plant beds next to the house and fence.  The eventual goal is to turn the front yard into a native plant rain garden because I hate mowing so the grass has got to go and native plants are good for water conservation.  Hopefully it won’t be too long before we get to start working on that.

– Steph

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