Some landscaping projects have begun, but mainly in the areas we need to destroy before we can rebuild. The first goal of the year is to replace the fence, but the more we look at it, the slope of the front lawn is such that the
smrt smart idea is to do the lawn and the fence in one fell swoop. Still, we’re starting small by getting rid of the remnants of the fence at the front of the house. You know, the one that is nothing but rotted wood and green chain link held together by ivy?
And a very large tree stump. Someone cut a tree directly in the path of where they wanted to run a fence, and instead of removing the stump, they built the fence around it. I might consider this “quaint” if the builder integrated the stump into the fence in some charming homespun artsy-craftsy way, but no, they slapped a fence post on either side of it and kept on going so (yet again) I’ll just consider it “lazy.”
Last week, we were planning to rent a stump grinder but the stump, like every other part of the fence, was covered in ivy. I threw on a pair of gloves and dove into the mess to see what condition the stump was in, and to look for pieces of stray metal, before we went nuts with the heavy machinery.
Now we need to rent a stump grinder. Or hire big burly guys with machines designed to yank a stump out of the ground. There might be another tree or two that have to come down first, though, as we’re going over the landscaping plans and there are some trees in stupidly inconvenient places, such as dead center in the natural path your body wants to take when moving from Point A to Point B in the yard. I wonder how much it costs to remove a tree…