Courtesy of that ridiculously large tree that took a jump out of our yard and into our neighbor’s yard. It’s never fun to have to do unexpected projects like these, but that’s the name of the game. So last weekend Dain repaired our neighbor’s yard, and last night after yet another Home Depot run for more topsoil, he went to town trying to repair our yard. It’s not looking so great after the treetastrophe and subsequent tree removal, but here’s to hoping we can fix it before it’s buried in snow for six months.
We picked up more grass seed and milorganite last weekend for patching our neighbor’s yard so after grabbing four more bags of topsoil, Dain had all of the necessary patching tools for our yard too.
The heavy machinery that was brought in to remove the big silver maple from our yard didn’t go quietly. It left huge divots in our yard and one very big one in our driveway, but I guess that’s to be expected. Dain began his mission by filling in the divots with the topsoil.
Then he sprinkled the grass seed over it.
It’s not much to look at, but hopefully with a diligent watering schedule, new grass will grow and the old grass will come back where it appears to be brown. After nearly two summers of being in our house, we’ve never once had to water our backyard. Until now that is. This tree coming out opened up our entire yard to the sun, and now it is definitely going to take some t.l.c. to rehab our poor yard.
Especially to get it back to this. This is our yard at the beginning of the summer.
Beautiful, lush, and green as green can be. As opposed to the kind of blah look that it has now with the brown patches and the drab green hue. It makes us kind of sad, but we’re hoping to plant some new trees along our property line in the coming weeks so that we can bring back a little shade and add a little more privacy. This of course would be easier if we knew where our property line was. Last year we found three of our four property corners (that are marked by iron stakes in the ground), but of course the fourth one was just laying on top of a heap of dirt in the back right corner of our lot so we are unsure on which side of the row of arborvitae our property ends. The obvious solution is to have a property survey done, but property survey= big bucks. That we aren’t prepared to shell out. And then we also have this issue to deal with. You may recall this tree that had its top lobbed off by our falling tree.
Over the weekend our neighbor turned it into this. We call it the chicken wing on a stick. You can be jealous. Because I doubt any of your trees have this kind of personality.
It’s kind of just one thing after another with this whole tree debacle. Our next steps are to remove the chicken wing and the other large tree that is missing a bunch of branches and to replace them and re-do the edging and the mulch around them. Then we can contemplate adding a few more trees to our yard and doing something with that stump. How’s your yard looking as the summer winds down? Hopefully better than ours.