I got tired of getting whacked in the face with brush/overgrown bushes/random small trees when cutting the lawn, so I decided to do some “light weeding”. Twenty minutes of cutting produced this prodigious pile of crap.
Wait, it looks like I hardly removed anything….
Let’s take a closer look…
Yeah, it’s still a freaking mess. This part of my yard overwhelms me and I feel defeated by it. I hate bushes. They serve no purpose to me. They aren’t architecturally interesting, they lack the tall, majestic impressiveness of a good tree. They aren’t ornamental, or providing berries. They aren’t providing any useful shade. They just sit there and sulk and piss me off. The only thing they are good for is creating privacy, but when I ripped out the dead parts and the ones that were at face level and interfering with mowing, I was left with big gaps in the backyard. And in the winter, with the leaves gone, they don’t even offer privacy.
My plan for years has been to replace these shrubs with tall ornamental grasses along the fence line – a type that stays full in the winter so there’s privacy year round. Then I could add perennials for color. Now I’m thinking I’d like to go a step further and install 2-4 raised beds to take advantage of the direct sun that area gets. The only problem is that this part of the yard is really tough to work with. Since the sewer was installed, this part is a mess. It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the ground is very, very uneven, with tall ridges and holes, and all the clay was brought up to surface so the earth is super hard and can’t just be raked even. I also don’t even know what to do with all that brush. The city will chip stuff left with your trash, but since we are on an alley, our trash is collected out there, and there’s no room to drag all this stuff back there.
So in the meantime, I’m just hacking away at it bit by bit and hoping inspiration strikes.
By the time I called it quits (it will never be “done”) I had like 20 leaf bags of crap, and I still have piles of sticks/branches too big too bag. Somebody want to buy me my first chainsaw?