Aw, sweet Spring. I have been dreaming of Spring. At one point, I started to dread it. Last Fall I left off with my back yard as part dead weeds, part dirt, and small spaces of flowers and planted bulbs. I had planned to start attacking the weeds early this year.....which is the part I was really dreading.
Thankfully, I found someone willing to help me transform my back yard. The first step was to remove the stump from the tree my neighbor cut down for me. Turns out, you can just go on down to the rental place and give them money and you get a very nice, expensive machine for a few hours!
Saturday was the demo day. I woke up to snow and I was afraid that my helpers would not want to work in the cold. They were not daunted at all! I am so thankful for that. Truly.
Here is the stump grinder that I rented. I did not run the machine. It took no time at all (20 minutes) to grind up the stump! You can see in the back corner of this photo the shed that also was removed on Saturday.
Here's the crater that was created by grinding down the stump. You can sort of see the wood down in there. It's about 6-8 inches deep. The shavings and dirt will cover this up and once we get everything tilled and raked it will be leveled out.
Here is the view of my back yard now. Already it is so much more open! So, the shed was taken apart and out. The shed base is still there for now but will be removed and dumped at a later date. To the left of the back gate there was a chain link dog run, which was removed. On the left of the raised bed you can see some upset dirt clods. There had been a PVC pipe coming out of the ground with an electrical outlet on it - that was apparently ON! Live electricity. Oy vey!
So, that was removed as well, thank goodness!
After all this I was inspired to actually get up on a ladder (terrifying!) and tighten up my gutters and I removed some debris that was blocking the drain on one of the gutters.
This morning I woke up to oodles of fluffy snow everywhere! It made yesterday's frosting of snow look like nothing. I am so, so grateful that we tackled the demo yesterday!
I have so many ideas, I am so very excited to get going on everything! The weather is, of course, a huge consideration up here. It's okay though, it just gives me more time to plan! Happy Spring everyone!