Landscape for House. Here’s the exterior of my home on closing day. The original owners had done a great job maintaining the house, but just as the inside needed to be gutted and updated, the exterior was totally in need of a landscape makeover!
The huge, pokey Holly Bushes (Trees) were overgrown to a point of no return. The thought of removing them seemed pretty crazy! The bushes were original meaning the roots had been established more than 50 years prior!
But when Little B saw pictures like this and Stud and my boys went into specifics about an infestation with wasps, the thought of leaving them was totally out of the question! (The poor little girl has been stung five times and not a single time was she swatting at them or running from them).
My crazy boys. They couldn’t just pull the top portion of the shrub to the curb and leave it alone — playtime!
With the top portion of the shrubs (trees) removed, it was easier to see the trunk and figure out the path of the root system. We dug a trench around the root and used a 35 pound rock crusher to split each root from the trunk. The first trunk took us two days, but eventually we found a groove and removed two on the last day – My Man is clearly a Stud!
I’m so glad we stuck with it, these beasts were out of control and would have taken any nutrients in the soil from new plants. For those of you looking to work on updating old landscape, one of the most encouraging words we read was that although Holly Bushes (Trees) are huge, their root system is not nearly as sophisticated as a true tree root system.
One down…three more in the front yard and another six in the backyard! I’ll share more curb appeal updates soon.