Back yard progress report #2

It’s late July. We’ve installed the edging around our lawn oval, taken up about half of the sod outside the oval, and cut down the Amur maple in front of the fence.

Back yard progress report

Looks kind of awful right now, but there is a plan, really!

1. The yard waste bin is a permanent feature for now. Oh, well.

2a. The freshly cut Amur maple snag sticks out like a sore thumb, but it will blend in once it weathers a little and is surrounded by plantings.

2b. The dead Amur maple branches will go away soon.

Back yard progress report with labels

3. The pile of buckthorn should be going away soon, although there’s lots more to cut behind the fence.

4. Need to do some lawn re-seeding this fall. (It was patchy before we started trampling all over it to cut down trees and lay edgers.)

5a, 5b, and 5c. The main issue right now is that cutting down the Amur maple in front of the fence revealed just how bare our evergreen trunks are (two white spruces and a white pine). There’s also another Amur behind the fence (5d) that should go. I’ve asked a couple of tree services to come out and give us their advice.

Seems we’ve also got weedy white mulberry, Siberian elm, and an ash. We’ll have the ash taken down this fall while it’s still healthy. (Apparently it costs a lot more to have one taken down once it’s been hit by emerald ash borer, which is, apparently, inevitable.) We might take down the elm, which is leaning quite a bit, and the second Amur maple. One of the arborists thought there was a good chance the pine trees would fill in, at least a little, now that some sun can reach the trunks. Here’s hoping!

[Edit 10/19/17. I’ve learned that ash trees can be treated if they aren’t already infected, or only slightly affected, by emerald ash borer, so we may do that instead of taking it down. I would love to get rid of the Siberian elm and white mulberry. It’ll be hard to get equipment back there (plus, expensive!), but they’re shading out the crab apple and apple tree on the slope. In the years of ignoring the hill behind the fence, I forgot those were even back there because the buckthorn was hiding them. This fall, now that the buckthorn is gone, we can see flocks of robins and cedar waxwings feasting on the tiny crab apples.]