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.
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!
Here are a few shots of it last fall after we seeded it with rye grass and fescue.
This is the pond area this Spring! We can actually enjoy this now.
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.
Bonus picture! Lonnie, and our lab Isabelle.