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.(Spring 2015) Remove two crepe myrtles that were planted WAY too close to the garage. (Summer 2014)
- 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. (May 2015)
- 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.