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Yard is Hard, Part I: Attack of the Palmzillas

As new homeowners, we’ve been loving the perks of not being in an apartment anymore. We get to (someday) paint our walls. We have lots more space. We don’t have that weird downstairs neighbor that sings- badly- every night around 9pm (true story). But there is one thing we’ve found about home ownership that makes us look fondly back at our maintenance-free apartment life: yard work.

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Just regular mowing, edging, and trimming seems to get the best of us (we’ve already gotten a nasty note from our HOA telling us our edging job was not clean enough- sheesh!). Keeping up with watering and garden beds too? Hah. Hahahahaha. That just wasn’t happening.

We finally got around to fixing up our yard but it’s been a lot of work, so I’m going to break it down into three parts. “Part I” started when we took care of a big problem a couple months ago. See when we first moved in, we had these beastly palms on either side of our door.

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Things were looking a little like Jumanji around here. Not only because of the mega-palms, but also because of the jungle of weeds infiltrating our garden beds.

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One day, I could take no more. I pulled the weeds (yet again… had to do that quite often) and then decided to go to town on our palmzillas. First I used our hedge clippers to snap all those fronds off. They were huge and pointy and made it impossible to get to the base of the plant to dig it up. This guy looks kinda funny after his haircut.

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Then Evan got home and chop chopped the palm on the other side.

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By then it was getting pretty late so we called it a night, but the next day we were at it again! We grabbed the shovel and took turns digging up and taking pics. They took quite a bit of fenangling to get up out of the ground. Though it may have been easier if I wasn’t wearing a sundress and sandals. Not the best yard work attire but hey, we got ‘er done.

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Once we dug the palms up, we had to also dig up all the little alien-pod-plant-hearts they sprouted in the dirt so that new growth couldn’t come back to haunt us later.

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Finally we rid our garden of the beasts and a wave of palm-free contentment washed over us. And since our yard was one step closer to being pretty, we decided to go out and buy some on-sale solar lights to celebrate.

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These before and afters are like day and night (literally and figuratively).

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Stay tuned for Yard is Hard Part II!

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Nobody Likes Bush

Hahaha. Sorry. Couldn’t help myself with that title. This post is about our backyard! And yes there was bush involved. And leaves. And weeds. And overgrown grass. Prepare yourself for a tour!

If you come around the right side of our house and look into our backyard, this is what you see. Not a huge yard thank goodness. Would absolutely love if it was smaller. We are city folk, mowing is hard! And so is raking. Those leaf piles took my like two hours I kid you not.

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But we love brick wall and the trees, both the ones on our lot and the ones on the other side of the wall that we don’t have to maintain mwahaha. Here’s the view if you’re standing on the other side of the yard by the magnolia tree. Oooooo look you can see our crazy bush in the back left (there with the little red berries).

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Here’s the view of the back of our house and our little patio. Big plans for you little patio, big plans…

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And here it is, up close and personal. The bush.

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Well, “bushES”, but I’m just gonna say “bush” because it’s funnier that way. It was sort of a patchy, sad bush with random growth in between. Didn’t look like it had ever been maintained or trimmed. Was probably full of bugs. And well… we wanted it gone!

Why did we decide to remove it instead of trimming it? Firstly, it was inconsistently full in some places and sparse in others, so even trimming wouldn’t have helped its looks much. And secondly, we figured it’d be easier to maintain the backyard if it was all straight up grass.

So we busted out our chainsaw power hedge trimmer (I called it a chainsaw the whole time).

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And we showed no mercy.

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By the end of the evening… we we had bagged our bush and kicked it to the curb!

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The interesting thing is, under all the brush we found rows of bricks surrounding what originally was a nice little planter bed until the bush got out of control. We still have to get our shovels and dig up the roots, remove all those bricks, and rake all the leaves left behind, but it feels good to be bush-free.

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