When the yard changes in a bad way….time to start fresh!

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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.

tree removal and stump grinding

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…)

Alf Helen Wooden Chicken House and Run_A_WP-1

 

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

oak swingwhich 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!

bee houses

 

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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  • I would have to find a way to make that swing happen! So cute!!

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  • oh I know about starting over, we had a big water break last week and had to did the yard up to find the line because we didn’t know where the lines were, ended up that we would fix one leak and another popped up, our water bill last month was $30 this month $999, we are having to replace the whole line, now we are going to have to redo the whole back yard when we are finished

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  • I love the swing!

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  • oh the chicken coop is so cute. We can’t have them were we live but nothing beats fresh eggs grandma had chickens so we had plenty of them there.

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  • I would love to have some laying hens. We have an ordinance in this town that if you aren’t on at least an acre, you can’t have livestock, but some people don’t know that we have an ordiance and have them anyway! LOL

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  • Another vote for the chicken coop! Fresh eggs are awesome!

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  • love the idea of fresh eggs

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  • The swing looks amazing! I need one for myself!

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  • chickens would be so much work! I love the idea of using bamboo to create a barrier as someone else suggested!

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  • I like the coop idea but we would need to be on 5 acres in order to have animals aside from dogs and cats. my daughter wanted a baby pig and that’s how we found out were not allowed

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

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  • I love the idea of a chicken coop! It would be so much fun watching them grow and then to have fresh eggs.

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  • I would love to have a chicken coup but our town ordinance forbids having one. There is nothing like fresh eggs.

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  • I really feel you – we had a hurricane-force winds here a few years back that really tore things up – it even took out the largest tree in Oregon. We had power lines on our cars but luckily, none of our trees came down. I know how much it stinks when you lose a beautiful part of your yard and even more importantly, the privacy. We live right off a busy road, so when my parents bought this house they planted a line of bushes in the front yard for privacy. The good news is, they grow super fast. The bad news is…they grow SUPER FAST! ;) After I inherited the property, I got rid of the bushes, because we didn’t have a driveway at the time and the bushes were scratching up our cars and also because it was WAY too much work to maintain. I don’t remember what type of bush they were, but if you want me to find out, send me an email. Or if you want a really fast-growing tree, can you grow a cottonwood in your area? I have one in the back yard and it’s a monster. If a branch falls off, it starts growing into another tree right next to it – not kidding. The yard is overrun with the things – again, they grow too fast to really keep up with. But, if you want somewhat inexpensive coverage while you save up for a shed or fence, a cottonwood or bushes could work.

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  • We have planted a line of Arbor Vita trees that have grown to create a great border like line. they also help keep down on insects.

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  • I’d contact your local Extension Service for ideas.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooperative_extension_service

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  • Depending on which zone you are in, bamboo makes a wonderful privacy screen and it grows very fast. I dolove that chicken coop too …

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  • We are on water restriction where I live in the west TX desert so there are very few trees and the only place you really see lawns and any amount of grass are the parks and golf courses. I wish you much success with your yard and please share your progression

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  • There are a lot of nice bushes that you could plant that are good for privacy! We were hit by a tornado a 2 years ago and we are just finally getting our yard put back together. Our yard was completely destroyed, but thankfully we had minor house damage (lost windows/screens in the patio and water damage – lost a majority of our roof but only had damage to the kitchen – the biggest leak was right over the sink so that helped control some water damage to the house lol).

    Anyway, I love gardening, so I would add some bushes, flowers and a few smaller trees. I have a flower garden in the front and 3 raised veggies beds in the back. I’d love to add some bushes and greenery to the front still. I’d love a butterfly garden too…. a fountain, a pond? LOL Ahh, I love working outside. Hubby wants a chicken coop, like you I’m not sure I want to take that one right now tho.

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  • I like those bird houses, so funny :)

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  • I like those bird houses and the swing. That would be nice to have in the yard.

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  • I love the idea of a chicken coop. We have been thinking about building one but we have a tight budget too. I’m sorry to hear about your yard – that stinks!

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  • I thinkI think a chicken coop is a great idea. I would love to have one myself.

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  • Ugh, that really stinks that you had all of that happen! We have a lot of downed trees too, no fun!

    I adore that oak swing, that would be a dream!

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  • I love that oak swing! Personally, I would LOVE a hammock. Lol. It would be so great to relax on a hammock! :)

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  • I guess I’d be nervous about those big goliaths up there too if they keep being affected by the storms. You and your neighbors made a good call.

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  • Do you know how lucky you are, to have land? I have always lived in an apartment, and never even had a square foot of land to plant a seed in. Can’t even use window boxes, as we have a northern/western exposure and get no sun. I envy you so!

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  • If you like gardening, you can do a gorgeous flower bed. I do like that chicken coop though. It’s one of the nicer ones I’ve seen.

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  • We would love to have chickens but we’re in a development with no yard.. Bushes grow really fast and block a lot for some privacy.

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  • A nice area to maybe plant some bushes. Or how about getting the awesome swing and bird houses. I would love this. Otherwise, I would plant some nice colorful bushes instead of trees. Cheaper, I think.

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  • I would suggest do something that doesn’t have a lot of maintenance…which costs ongoing time and money. I’m pretty much over flowers bed that need continue weed pulling and spraying and then when a plant dies unexpectedly it has to be replaced, more money. Flower beds, gardens, landscaping is nice but geesh it’s tiring.

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  • love those cute little bird houses!

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  • What about a playhouse or fort that would be fun for the kids not sure if that would be in your budget.

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  • That’s such a bummer about your trees. We are saving up and hope to buy a ranch in a few years. We’ll definitely use a site like those MyDeals links that you have to find good deals on all of the stuff that we need.

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  • I would sooo go for the chicken coop – except not that fancy-schmancy one in your picture (is that there Williams Sonoma one??!!). You can find some great building directions on line. And even though it is work, fresh, backyard eggs are the BEST!

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