SM and I talked about the front yard "plan" yesterday morning over coffee. What to do about those big ass bushes. SM as usual got to the heart of the matter.
"Do you like them enough to keep them or do you want me to rip them out?" SM asked.
"I absolutely HATE them but I don't want you killing yourself trying to get them out." I replied, concerned.
"H (our next door neighbor) had a landscape service come in and rip his out. He said they dug out 15 root balls with a backhoe." I said.
"Let's see what happens." SM said shrugging, preparing himself for a day of hard labor.
And hard labor it was.
But SM and I have this trick. If we can wrap a rope around it and yank it out with the truck, well then...
In all SM shoveled, hacked and axed his way through all 3 Hollies and a huge "who knows what it is" on that lived on the corner of the house.
NEVER underestimate a man and his truck.
I also trimmed down the 4 boxwoods on the other side hoping we might be able to pull those out easily with the truck. Nope. And by that time both SM and I were exhausted. We'll save digging those out for another day.
We cleaned up using the truck to transfer the root balls back behind the shed to dry out before we burn them. The limbs were deposited closer to the fire pit to dry out and will likely be burned in a few weeks.
"We should have done this years ago." SM said, tossing limbs into the pickup.
"Well, at least it's done now before we're too old and feeble to do it ourselves." I joked.
So now we've got a clean slate.
What's left? A mature white crepe myrtle tree, the hydrangea I planted last year, the Japanese maple and the towering birch that will likely have to come down at some point.
So what will we plant? Definitely low maintenance plants. SM wants seasonal color and his only request so far is azaleas. OK, I'm fine with that. I'm planning on lots of perennials like variegated hosta, irises and some decorative grasses. Flowers too.
Simple. Clean. Colorful.
Not a bad way to go and MUCH easier to maintain.