The Great Bark Removal 2011

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July 1, 2011 by Ellen V

Today, Eric and I completed phase two of  the “Great Bark Removal of 2011,” as our neighbor so aptly put it. I’m so proud of our (mostly his) progress so far!

Here’s a recap of phase one, which I haven’t had a chance to say much about:

Phase 1, Step 1: Get someone to take our beautiful but overgrown juniper and rose bushes.

Phase 1, Step 1: Toss the junipers.

Phase 1, Step 2: Chop down the living but atrocious pine trees in the back.

Phase 1, Step 2: Remove the junk in the back.

Once Eric used both Craigslist and a little sweat and  muscle to get rid of the big stuff, we moved on to Phase 2.

Phase 2, Step 1: Weed, rake up and bag the bark, and smooth out the dirt yard.

Phase 2, Step 1: 10+ lawn bags filled with bark and weeds.

Phase 2, Step 2: Put in edging to preserve the perennials worth keeping.

Phase 2, Step 3: Lay grass seed, water, water, water, and hope for the best!

This morning's before...

...and after.

As you can see, we had a big morning! Luckily, the weather cooperated and we got a lot done. We’ll spend more time this holiday weekend finishing up the back near the garage. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing a backyard filled with grass soon!

A little added treat: our garden of pots is growing quickly! You can see the first stage here. Now, at the beginning of July, we’re seeing major results.

Our little plants are growing strong! Check out the basil forest!


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