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Another Backyard Update

March 15, 2010

When we moved into the house, I wasn’t thrilled with the apple tree in the front yard.  It was overgrown, looked more like a bush than a tree, and had some keystone bricks surrounding it.  I’ll share more later on how we plan to address the apple tree in the front yard, but for now, suffice it to say the keystone bricks have been removed.  For a little while, we left the keystone bricks (which we had removed from around the apple tree), sitting in the front yard by the fence, a la “white trash.”

This weekend when we finished planting the palm trees, we discovered that we had a boatload of “extra” dirt that didn’t have a home, and while Tommy was enjoying being “King of the Dirt Mound,” we didn’t think that it was quite as great of an addition as Tommy did, so we explored other solutions.

I suggested using it around this hideous mess of a tree in our side yard.

Enter our solution to the “white trash-dom.”  We brought the keystone bricks to the backyard, and Chris set to work building a keystone wall around the tree.  (I humbly ask you to ignore the bowflex that came free with the house–unless of course, you are interested in removing said bowflex from our property, in which case…have your people call my people).

We were able to successfully get rid of the problem of the bricks in the front yard and the extra dirt problem.  Phew!  Not only that, but the end result turned out pretty fantastic.

I’m thinking that it will look even better once we add some mulch or plans around the base of the tree there.  I don’t know which we’ll choose—though I’m guessing mulch because of the price point.

I absolutely love re-purposing things, especially when the solution doesn’t cost me a pretty penny!  Have you repurposed anything around your house lately to save some dough?  Moved some furniture to a different room?  Painted something to make it fit décor rather than buying something new?  I’d love to hear about that –and your thoughts on our new trimming around the tree.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Barb permalink
    March 15, 2010 9:21 am

    Wait on your decision–grandmom is sending her house-warming gift and it might help you decise what to do:)

  2. Jen permalink
    March 18, 2010 8:24 am

    Home Depot has mulch on sale for $3-something a bag. It’s Chris’ favorite…the red mulch.

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