Wednesday, November 03, 2010


On the North side of our yard, we had a GIGANTIC bush... it had little white flowers when we first looked at the house. It didn't seem so bad. We did want to remove it, though. Much to our disappointment, it contained billions of 1" thorns. This bush was not going to give up a fight. Luckily, Mike did most of it.

I forgot to take a true "before" photo, but this is when about two-thirds of it was gone.

One weekend at a time... Mike found a tiny little fence.

A few weeks ago, we rented a green waste dumpster and got most of the bush in it. Sadly, not all of it would fit so we are (im)patiently waiting for Dec. 2nd when the next one shows up.

There it is! All gone (minus a stump you can see on the right). Wahoo! If you can imagine it, the bush went about 3 feet higher than the fence for the entire length. The bush was 12 feet deep. We gained 120 square feet of front yard. CRAZY!

That is the pile that we have left to fill another dumpster with. We also want to cut down some of that rascally tree. It is growing through the fence and under the sidewalk. Rascally! As you can see, we live at a dead end and just beyond that barrier is the gate that opens to the back playground of Cohen's elementary school. AWESOME! On cold days, he listens for the bell and then runs to the school and makes if with a few minutes to spare before the tardy bell rings.

Here is our house in all of its 1970's split level glory. I wish the leaves were still on the tree. The Halloween storm took them all off. Now that the crazy bush is gone, we have to put a fence in between the shed (that thing on the right of the house). My mom helped me build (what will be) the flower garden. I can't wait for spring. I was hoping to get a lot more done this Fall, but we've come a long way.


CandiWill said...

LOL! The bush that was just heck on earth! I cannot believe you had to go through all of that. Looks great though!

Julie Thurgood Summerhays said...

Wow that bush was HUGE!! Nice job - and good on you for finally getting up a pic of the front of your house - I've been waiting - love it!!

Ruth said...

WOW! That was a serious monsterbush. Way to go Mike!! Lori, your house is darling. You guys are SO creative and I'm so impressed you fixed it up yourselves--Cale and I couldn't even consider a fixer-upper--neither of us has the energy for it! :/ Thank you SO MUCH for posting these pics! I am dying to see it in person. Hopefully we can make it happen sooner than later!

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