In the wake of last week’s post showing an in-depth look at the sorry state of our backyard, I’m happy to report on some progress made on one of the things we wanted to tackle back there — namely, these scraggly “weed trees” growing along the back fence:
Due to the way they were just sort of growing out of control there, and had a distinctly weedy and overgrown look even under the best of circumstances, we knew we wanted to get rid of them. Here’s a closer view showing the three separate trunks sprouting up from the mess of bricks and cinderblocks back there:
This is the part where a good home and garden blogger would talk about their experiences and tips for chopping down scraggly little weed trees, but we actually didn’t tackle these trees ourselves — our next-door neighbor volunteered to remove them, both as a sweet neighborly gesture and to use the wood in his wood-burning stove. It was a win-win arrangement, and after giving the go-ahead, we weren’t even there when he came back to chop them down and help himself to the wood.
It was like a magic trick: now you see ’em, now you don’t. Here’s what the back fence looks like with those scraggly weed trees gone:
Much better, right? And since these photos were taken over a week ago, things have started to green up quite a bit more in our backyard, especially in the aftermath of all that rain we got.
There’s still obviously a lot on the to-do list, like upgrading the fence and dealing with those random bricks and blocks, but it feels good to see progress happening back here. And now that we’re heading in to another weekend, we’ll see if we can keep the progress moving steadily along — stay tuned for the next exciting installment of the backyard saga!
In the meantime, have you ever had a neighbor volunteer to chop down unwanted trees in order to claim the wood? Alternatively, if you’ve chopped down any little trees yourself lately, feel free to share any stories or tips!