Again in June I shared with you guys that we are going to be updating our front door and entryway, however there’s a couple of different enjoyable initiatives we’re tackling out entrance that I need to share with you too! We’ve achieved a lot work on the within of our home and within the yard that it was gone time we gave the entrance of our dwelling some love as nicely and upped our curb enchantment sport.
First up was this mattress between the neighbors and us that held three HUGE HUGE HUGE oleander timber. These items had been about 20′ tall, droopy, and insanely messy. Over the course of the final three years we’ve utterly remodeled this little aspect mattress and it appears MUCH cleaner! Right here was our to-do listing for this mission:
- Reduce down oleander timber
- Have privateness fence put in alongside property line
- Stain privateness fence
- Reduce oleander stumps down so far as potential
- Have stumps professionally floor down
- Get mattress re-landscaped: take away present rock/sand, new weed mat, new rock, plant three foxtail palms
For the primary 5 or so years that we lived right here there was an empty lot subsequent to us so the oleanders weren’t too large of a frustration. Positive they dropped their flower mess all around the entrance paved “yard” and certain they made the visitor room tremendous darkish due to all of the shade, however we lived with it as a result of we preferred having some type of separation between the lot and us.
However then they constructed a home on that lot and put the driveway on our aspect as a substitute of the opposite aspect, proper below the oleanders. After a yr or so it grew to become a problem and our neighbor was understandably actually pissed off on the mess they left on their driveway, automobiles, and boat. It was time to lastly say good riddance to the oleanders.
Eradicating the Oleanders
Slicing 20′ tall messy floppy oleanders down was a bit of daunting at first however our Ryobi pole saw made fast, manageable, work of them! We use this pole noticed ev.ery.the place round our yard as a result of it’s mild, runs on the ONE+ batteries that powers all the remainder of
my our instruments, and is a lot safer than climbing up on ladders with chainsaws. Matt and his dad had been in a position to get the timber down and hauled off in nearly half a day.
We knew eliminating these timber would look VERY unusual and go away us with just about no division subsequent to the neighbor’s property in any respect so we determined to have a brief wall put in alongside the property line. One thing that outlined the 2 properties however was nonetheless neighborly and didn’t forestall views or something.
Privateness Fence Set up
The fence was put in two summers in the past and was the proper resolution. It’s full-height for six ft subsequent to the home simply to present some privateness across the visitor bed room window and their storage, then angles down to three ft tall. The unique plan was to have it’s Three ft all the way in which to the road however there’s a covenant with our property proprietor’s affiliation that no fence might be over 18″ inside 10 ft of the road, therefore the drop down there. Final summer season I used to be lastly in a position to spend a day staining the fence (thank goodness for my sprayer!) utilizing Sherwin-Williams’ SuperDeck in “Cedar Bark” (semi-transparent) to match the gate on the opposite aspect of the home we did a couple of years in the past.
Whereas the fence turned out nice, the stumps left over from the oleanders had been nonetheless an enormous eyesore. We drilled and poisoned them so as to kill them earlier than 393849 suckers grew up at each however they weren’t rotting very quick and so they wanted to go so as to proceed with this mission.
We used our Ryobi 20″ chainsaw to take the stumps down so far as we may. In fact the stumps must be professionally floor to essentially eliminate them however we needed to get as a lot minimize off of them as potential earlier than that so there can be much less materials for the grinder to need to do and fewer mess ensuing from the grinding. The chainsaw bought us one other 6″ or so eliminated which was nice!
New Palm Tree Landscaping
Early this yr we had the stumps floor and had been lastly able to plan the enjoyable landscaping half. *Additionally discover we had the entrance palm timber skimmed too! The mattress had rock however there was additionally a number of sand combined through which meant a number of weeds, particularly now that this mattress was so sunny. We initially deliberate to do the landscaping half ourselves however we had no thought methods to get the sand out of the rock, nor did we need to haul all of it off and add new rock ourselves. We ended up getting an awesome quote to have a neighborhood landscaping crew take away all the prevailing rock, grade all of it down, set up three palm timber, and put new rock in. Bought!
I went backwards and forwards on what I needed to plant on this mattress however went with a easy structure of three foxtail palms and 4 pink yucca vegetation in the long run. There’s a ton of vegetation I’d have cherished to have out right here however most would nonetheless make a multitude on the neighbor’s property, plus the closest hose is contained in the courtyard so I needed one thing that didn’t need to be watered usually, if in any respect, can be clear, and can be fairly maintenance-free as soon as established. I LOVE foxtail palms so I splurged on these three beauties which received’t get large, don’t make a multitude, don’t have spines, and look excellent within the mattress.
I added 4 small pink yuccas between the palm timber to fill within the house a bit of bit extra and provides some colour finally whereas nonetheless being maintenance-free. Plus they’ll be good for hummingbirds every year 🙂
It’s a large reduction to have this mission FINALLY completed after three lengthy years! It utterly remodeled our curb enchantment and makes the home look a lot cleaner, our property appears bigger on that aspect, and we’ve got a contented neighbor now 🙂