Not a pretty picture, is it?
Here's the story behind the mess... Our house was built about 30 - 40 years ago, and the original owners decided to take a shot at composting. So far, so good. They also decided to plant a tree line along the back perimeter of the yard. Again, no harm, no foul. But... as time progressed, the fine art of composting escaped them (dear friends by the way), and the compost heap simply became a sizable pile of leaves and grass trimmings with a bunch of branches thrown in for good measure. And what looked like a quaint tree row grew into an unruly tangle of overhanging branches and vines... In short, by the time we took ownership, a noticeable part of our backyard was human persona non grata.
And so, over time, the epic battle ensued... At first we hired a professional landscaping crew to knock down the erstwhile composting heap and do a general cleanup, and then I went at the snarl. I discussed the situation with neighbors Pat and Cynthia, and we arrived at the conclusion that we should keep the trees, but trim back to civility. And that's what we've been doing...
(Note that we still give the birds plenty of shrubbery protection within close proximity of the feeders. But the fact remains that it's our yard too.)
At this point, the job is about 80% done, and whenever my eyes cross from looking at this computer screen, or it gets to be dinner time, I head out to the yard for some rehabilitative hack and slash with the whip, saw, choppers, and rake. (Ya know... That last sentence seems a bit awkward...) Regardless, the yard is shaping up...
(Note that a good chunk of the butterfly bush needs to go. Consider it done.)
I guess all this leads up to the question, "What to do with the yard when we actually gain control of it?" Well, I've been thinking...
- We could just plant grass and call it done.
- Then again, some sort of long narrow garden might be interesting.
- Perhaps a greenhouse or shed?
- I'd like to take a crack at real composting using those revolving drums.
- A platform for a gazebo or tent would be fun.
Things to think about I guess...
See you by the spiffy feeders,
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