I know it is the wrong time of the year to transplant things, but the move necessitated a few transplants all the same. I had a couple of things at our old house that I knew exactly where I wanted them at the new house, and I needed to get them moved before we find renters. First was the weeping Japanese maple tree – it seemed perfect for the little fan shaped bed between the garage and the deck.
I also decided to take the two Bergenias I had in the courtyard at the old house. Everything else there will be easy to get more of from my mom’s yard later down the road. I placed them at the back corner of the turnaround, next to our new fence. There was no fence before, but we needed one for Buddy. Because the property is over 3 acres, we knew we didn’t need a wooden privacy fence, but I told Bradley I would only be okay with chainlink if it was black. So black it is, and I think it looks great (for a fence).
I can’t even really think about the yard too much or I break into a sweat. I have no vision or plan for this much space. All I know is we have got to get the ivy under control. And we have about five or six trees that need to come down. Thankfully, my mom has had a vision for the yard since the first time she laid eyes on it. I am just waiting for spring to get here, so that I can start to figure out what we even have in the yard already.
And as a sign to our neighbors that we want to make this home beautiful and our own, I put in a couple of flats of annuals around the mailbox to spruce it up and add a little life at the street.
Things to address in the yard include:
- Killing/Removing as much ivy as humanly possible from front, side and back yard
- Have two or three dying sweet gum trees removed and three pine trees along the driveway removed.
- Remove two crepe myrtles and a third tree that were planted WAY too close to the garage.
- Repair and repave section of the driveway buckled by tree roots.
- Replace shrubs in bed along front porch and in front of garage once I figure out the sun patterns and what will work in that spot.
- Add more hydrangeas beside the deck stairs in the back yard.
- Figure out what plants we have, which ones are good to keep and which need to be removed.
- Have a gate built for the opening on the deck that leads to the driveway.