I haven’t blogged in a while, but we haven’t done a lot of house projects recently. I’ll peruse my pictures and see if theres anything bloggable that we’ve worked on. We also have some upcoming projects and ideas – this weekend we went to the botanical gardens and it filled us with so many ideas and such motivation to make our backyard amazing. However, we must remind ourselves that amazing takes a lot of time…Or a lot of money! Haha.
Anyway, all that inspiration sent me to the yard to work on raking on this President’s Day weekend. Not my favorite task… And our yard is big and fills up with leaves, or so it seems. We have a leaf vacuum/mulcher which makes quick work of leaves, but I still only cleared out a few patches today. And when I got sick of leaf mulching, I moved on to trimming away the Russian Olive tree sprouts. Not so much sprouts as weird trunk growths. There used to be Russian Olive trees along our fence, and they were long ago cut down due to (I suspect) being too close to the fence and starting to grow through. Well, the trees didn’t die after being cut, and there are big bushy tree growths out of the stumps. Very unpleasant, and the tree is labeled as invasive in Colorado. We have been wanting to get rid of them eventually anyway, so today I started in on two of them.
It is tough work, cutting away the branches and working around the giant thorns. I cut back the small branches and will take out the bigger branches with a reciprocating saw later. Once summer hits and the tree stump is trying to grow again, we will go after it with some Round-Up to try to kill off the stump and prevent future regrowth.
I didn’t get great before/after pics, but here is the first one I got cleaned up.
And the second, which I have only half cut back. It is a much bigger growth, and is also tangled up with grassy weeds.
The third one is smaller, and I haven’t cut away any of it yet.
We will eventually fill in the areas with more attractive shrubs and intentional gardened areas. Some good ideas from the botanical gardens, like I mentioned.
Anyway, that’s the yard so far. Future projects with the yard and the house coming soon!