Sunday, April 17, 2011

Unfencing Project: Before and After

In the last year, quite a bit of work has been done to clear off the old fence line and brush behind the house.

When I moved in, there wasn't much of a back yard. An old fence had become grown over with blackberries, honey suckle, brambles, trumpet vine, poison ivy, etc. There was also a low spot that held water during the wet parts of the year and had been a wallowing spot for the pigs that used to live back there when my parents raised pork.

Last year we started cleaning it off. It was a monumental task. Lonnie started with a Joe blade, but the amount of clearing to do was daunting. Dad managed to borrow a trac-hoe, cleared out most of the brush and dug out the pond a bit.

Here are some photos for your enjoyment. Click on them to be taken to the larger version.

Unfencing project Making progress Spring 2010 before Backyard after

The first of these three was taken in the Fall of 2009, the next two were taken Spring 2010, and the last was just taken last week. I can't believe how much different it looks. You can't imagine how thick the brush was back there!

Fall 2010 after clearing Fall 2010 after clearing Fall 2010 after clearing Fall 2010 after clearing

Here are a few shots of it last fall after we seeded it with rye grass and fescue.

Pond area after Pond area after

This is the pond area this Spring! We can actually enjoy this now.

Fall 2008 before Spring 2010 before Spring 2011 after

2008, last year, last week.

I hope these photos make sense. I can't believe how much work has been done and how different it looks after just one year. It is still a work in progress, but I really enjoy spending time in my yard now.

Lonnie and Izzy

Bonus picture! Lonnie, and our lab Isabelle.


  1. Wow! That is a lot of work! An amazing transformation. It looks like a park now. Very nice.

  2. That was quite a project! It's good to hear you'll be able to really enjoy your yard this year. You should check in with Hanni at She hosts a "before and after" feature -- your project would be perfect for that.


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