My New House Mondays: Destruction of Trees

I was organizing photos and found some pictures from the first day that we started ripping out the trees in our front yard. The process of hooking the tree up to the truck and pulling it out was actually pretty cool, so I decided to share photos of it.

My husband and father pulling out trees!

All the trees they had pulled out so far. Told you it was a lot.

Pull!

Pretty cool.

And finally, a cute reflection picture of me and Peanut.

I’m really happy with how our yard is coming. Now we just need to figure out what to put in place of those trees!

My New House Mondays: Ripping out Trees

We knew when we bought this house that there was a lot that we wanted to do on the outside. Since we worked so hard on the inside last year, we didn’t do much to the outside property. This year we’re making some drastic changes, which includes taking a lot¬†of stuff out of the yard. So one weekend we enlisted in my father with his truck and a few friends to come help us take care of some trees. We hooked the trees up the the truck and pulled!

Before:

These are the trees when we were first buying the house. All the ones straight in the middle of the photo.

After:

And here's that same area after we ripped out 5-6 very old, haggard-looking trees.

Before:

A pictures from last summer of Squeed, her mom, and I sitting on the ledge that shows all of the vines.

After:

All the vines are gone! And only one friend was sent to the emergency room in the process. :-(

Here is just one of the two loads that we took to the dump. That also included a tree we chopped down in the back last year.

There will be plenty of changes to our yard in the near future. This summer we’re working on the front because that’s what people can see. If we finish all we want to do in the front this year, then we’ll move on to the back next year. As you can see, we still need to plant stuff in the areas that are missing plants now and we need to knock off a bunch of that concrete that’s where the vines used to be. Old houses can be a lot of work.

My New House Mondays: Tomatoes and Strawberries are Coming

Last summer my father and I ripped out three bushes in my backyard. Sadly, I didn’t take good pictures of it for before or after, but here’s a photo that I have that shows the bushes:

The ones on the left side of the photo and there's one more that's not in the shot.

I’m just not into bushes. They feel like filler plants and aren’t very pretty.

Anywho, I knew that I wanted to make that area a garden. I have an area behind the garage that will also be a garden, but I figured this area would be perfect for plants that want to take over the world. Last year we tried to plant some strawberries that my mom gave me from her massive strawberry garden, but it was too hot by the time we did it so they all died.

This year we did it again and they seem to be thriving. I’m sure it helped that we had an incredibly rainy, yet warm, week starting a few days after they were planted. Here are some pictures:

We have three beds of these. :-D

Some even have blossoms!

Along with the strawberries we planted some tomatoes that I got a the Botany Club Plant Sale at school. I figured those same rains that made the strawberries thrive would wreck the tomatoes, but they actually seemed to love it! They were pretty sad from being in my house because I’m sure I didn’t water them enough, they probably didn’t get as much sun as they needed, and my cats/toddler messed with them. Not to mention the night that I forgot to close the window they were sitting in. They looked pretty pathetic when we planted them. Now they look like this!

One is roma, one is beef steak, though I can't remember which is which.

Once the tomato season is over, we’re going to plant raspberries here. Raspberries are vicious little plants that go anywhere they possibly can, so it’ll be beneficial to the rest of my yard that they’re entirely surrounded by concrete. We just planted the tomatoes here this year because the area behind the backyard isn’t ready, raspberries are better transferred in the fall, and I wanted tomatoes!

So either way, looks like I’ll have some yummy strawberries and tomatoes this year. My mom says that it may take a year or two until the strawberries fully recover from being transferred and make bigger strawberries again, but I’m okay with it. Strawberries fresh out of the garden are delicious, no matter the size.

What yummy things did you plant in your garden this year?