OK. There is a reason you have never seen this space. It is almost my dirty little secret. Take a look...I am warning you, it's not pretty.
No, please! Don't run away! Really, it's not that bad! Ok, it really is.
When I moved into my lovely home in December of 2006, I was unaware of something that happens every spring. Lets just say, it has been termed, Lake Danielle. Most of our backyard turns into a lake when the snow melts and the ground thaws. Or when we get heavy amounts of rain. The reason, the surrounding yards are higher than ours. Then it becomes a muddy mess. For 3 years, we have been filling in the yard with fill dirt. I would estimate around 25 yards so far. And we have to shovel and wheel barrel every load from our driveway...ugh.
In addition to the lake, the yard was very over grown with weeds. I had to hire our neighbor boy to help me get rid of the over grown mess!
Recently, I scored 5 yards of woodchips, plus delivery free of charge! We have been lining the yard with the woodchips to help prevent our furry babies from bringing the mud in.
Things we love:
The yard is just enormous! For the city I live in, I would of never imagined having a yard like this!! It can also be a bit overwhelming. So what we have vowed to do is to work from the back of our house, to the back of our yard. We could easily get distracted and work on different sections, but what would that accomplish?
Small patio area. It doesn't look like much now, but we have big plans for this area! When I moved in, I didn't even know there were patio stones already there! That is how over grown it was!
The clothes line. I use this baby every spring/summer.
Things we dislike:
The size. Yes, it is a great big yard, but it's a great BIG yard!
The view our neighbors get to see. I imagine they are not liking us so far...
The shed. We only have a one car garage, so the shed comes in handy for yard storage, but it is a haven for unwelcomed guests. I am referring to rats. Our city has had a rat issue for quite some time and our shed was not built on a cement base. I don't actually see the rats, but they have dug lots of holes under our shed, that the dogs just love to smell. You can see our before and after pictures of the shed here. AND squirrels have found ways to get into the shed during the winter. We are always walking into it with caution.
One of our 2010 goals was to get this yard into shape! So far, we have made a good amount of progress. Our budget may not be large, but we love a challenge! So, this summer, look for the befores and afters!