Saturday, July 27, 2013

Busting Ass in our Beautiful Back Yard

Our back yard was in pretty sorry shape when we moved in, and we didn't give it much love for quite a while.  That is no longer the case.  In the photos above and below you can see the mostly barren, weed infested yard, complete with splotchy grass.

After much backbreaking labor, you can see our beautiful new yard below.
Herbs on the left have been planted since the photo was taken.

Here are some details.
A selection of eight herbs.
Arabian jasmine
Apple tree with three varieties of apples and "standard" jasmine behind.
Some other jasmine variety.
Fruit salad tree with five stone fruits:  white peach, yellow peach, nectarine, apricot, and plum.
Hacked giant bird of paradise.
Here is that tree before Chrissy chopped down the ugly stalk (while wearing a bikini).
Two varieties of gardenia, and our existing bougainvillea.
Avocado tree, composter and stepping stones.
Citrus tree with six (!!!) varieties of citrus.  We just enjoyed our first limes.
Existing jujube tree. 
Climbing rose.  Hopefully will have something to climb on soon.
Honeysuckle, which is growing like crazy.
As you can probably imagine, this took a ton of work.  Luckily we had some help from my brother and buddy, Ryan.

We started by removing the weeds.  That involved some aggressive weed-whacking and then one more step to try to keep them from coming back:
Chrissy didn't want to use chemicals, so we decided to kill them with FIRE.  The video above was a quick test burn right after we got the torch.

We also put down weed control fabric (which seems somewhat useless so far) and two truckloads of free Torrance mulch.
I did this on my lunch break.  My sweaty lunch break.

It was a ton of work, but the final result is worth it.  We hope to enjoy it for years to come.

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