Since spring seems to be creeping in early this year, Steven and I have been giving more and more consideration to the yard, which basically hasn't been touched since we moved in (except for mowing the grass). Some randomly placed daffodils and tulips have popped up around the house, and these tall shrubs lined the front porch; however, we decided that we would like to update the landscaping and add more color.
|Before: front landscaping and our lingering brick crumbs...|
|A pile of bricks and mortar can't even stop spring from coming early :)|
Before planting the new shrubs, we had to remove the four tall shrubs that stood along the front porch, a task that I grossly underestimated. Each of them had a huge root ball at its base to deal with. Just imagine driving by and seeing me sitting on a shovel handle to lift the root ball as much as possible and Steven stabbing the root ball with a bush ax to cut it out. Teamwork!
|The cool part about removing those gnarly shrubs was finding this roller skate inside one of bushes!|
|New shrubs in the ground! This is more of a "during" shot than an "after." We've already decided that the foundation should be repainted while these guys are still small!|
|The pecan on the left was removed, but the other two are fine :)|
|Walnut tree prior to removal.|