We inherited a thicket. Seriously. When we moved into the inlaws' house, in addition to having to deal with "house issues", we also have yard issues. But since it was rainy September and it was starting to get cold when we moved in, working outside wasn't that much of a priority. Well, now that it's spring, I think we'll be outside a lot more with Jonathan. The front yard isn't a big problem. It just needs some flowers in the front bed. But I'd like to be able to get around in the back yard, because that's where Jonathan's toys are.
The people that owned the house before my inlaws took the portion of the yard right by the patio and did sort of a tiered landscaping (it's on a hill) and put small shrubs, rocks, a few little plants, etc. out there. The inlaws didn't have time to mess with it, so they just kind of let it go. We nicknamed it the jungle, if that tells you how well it was taken care of. The foot tall bushes are now 4+ feet tall trees and you can't see the back fence when they have leaves on them. They have started growing together, too. You look out any of the back windows, and all you see are bushes. I've always hated this. It takes up probably 1/3 of the back yard, and you hav to pass it to get into the nice part of the back yard. DH trimmed part of the bushes back a few months ago when we had a nice day and said we'd see what was dead/green when things started blooming again so we can finally take out the real dead plants and see what can be saved.
Well, last week I discovered that a few of Jonathan's toys were down by the back fence. When I went to rescue them out of the jungle, I realized that there was apparently once some nice landscaping down there. Now that DH has trimmed back some of it, we can actually see back there and see what was done. Last week I discovered some kind of bulbs coming up and blooming back there.
But the landscaping timbers that they used to try to make tiers down the hill are starting to rot and just look nasty from not being cared for. My first priority is to get those nasty dead bushes out and to trim the living ones WAY back to be manageable. Then we'll see what we really have to work with. But if we're going to do something back there, I'm afraid I may have to take up the landscaping timbers and either replace them or do something else altogether. I mean, I don't want to live in a house that has a jungle. And it doesn't do much for their resale value (whether we buy it or they sell it to someone else somewhere down the road). And, of course, there's always the issue of
Has anyone ever had to overhaul a gardening mess before? What did you do?