We had a nice, private yard with a row of huge old white pines along one of our property lines. Then the recent storms hit- each time, with a different surprise, and knocking out power for a week or so- and tree branches, sometimes whole trees down. Lightning hit one tree, topping it about 10 feet from the top, and weakening it a lot. One big storm after that and that particular tree came down- onto the neighbor’s roof. After discussion, we decided along with those neighbors to split the cost 50/50 and remove all of the trees along the property line. This wasn’t a decision we entered into lightly, but these trees were planted closely together, so having one gone meant the root systems for all were now compromised. Safety was our first concern and they needed to come down (these trees were 80-90 years old). Fast forward a few months- the trees are gone, we’ve hired someone to come and grind up the stumps…and now we have a nice yard with no privacy and zero curb/yard appeal. We want our beautiful yard back! We also want (and need) our privacy- we like our neighbors, but we also like our privacy.
So what are we to do- we’ve spent a ton of money on tree removal and stump grinding…and we have a barren side yard for both properties that’s just not pretty to look at. Now we have to figure out the “what do do” part, on a (nonexistent) very tight budget. My husband would like a shed to house the tractor and many of our yard tools and pool equipment, and we’re thinking that may be one option. But sheds are also expensive. You can, of course, find online discounts and offers at worldstores for sheds, and other items like chicken coops….something else we’ve considered (I am not sure I am up for having responsibility for keeping any more creatures alive and well…)
Though if the chickens came wearing rubber boots, I’d be really, really tempted. Because boot-wearing chickens are just funny.
Someday, when the new trees we’re planting (don’t get me started on how much trees cost!!) I’d love to have an oak swing like this
which is in no way, shape or form affordable but I’m so in love with the idea of. Find deals or coupons for notonthehighstreet. More affordable and absolutely adorable (and far more likely) are much more likely to happen. In about 10 years when the trees are strong enough to handle them!
Have any ideas for us? We have a lot of work ahead of us this summer. Hours and hours and hours. I am excited about the end result, it’s just the now until then that makes me anxious. If you have any ideas for privacy, please share. (Maybe the cool coop for the boot wearing chickens will suffice?)
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