Yard Work Sucks: Summer 2013

I hate yard work.  With a passion.  Do you see that carpet of LEAFS?!

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We have 2 monster trees in the back that shed like Snuffleupagus in spring time.

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Well folks, it’s spring time.  We had an insane Utah winter this year, and unfortunately we were unable to rake the leafs before it snowed.  And the snow barely finally decided it was done… for now.  So we spent FOUR HOURS raking on Saturday.

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For you new readers, here’s the TLDR version of our yard:  House was owned by the Salvation Army, no one lived in it, and the yard went to crap.  This is only our second spring working on the yard.  Last year’s focus was just on cleaning it up.  Yes… it was worse than you are seeing now.

I hate yard work.  Hate it.  Hate it.  Hate it.  Get me inside with a paint brush, and I’m good.  I love spending time outside, but I don’t particularly love weeding.  Mowing the yard is fine.  But anything past that is torturous.

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This is where we got, after our 4 hour raking session.  Here is what we have to do this summer:

-Pay $2000 to have the trees professionally removed.  They are a hazard to us and our neighbors.  And have murdered the fence.  Hence, the ghetto patches.

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-After the trees are removed, rebuild the fence/retaining wall.  The fence is 20+ years old.  There are holes and lose slots.  We have patched them with our left over closet doors and corrugated metal.  #classy   There is also no retaining wall, and our lot is grated.  When it rains, the dirt gets pushed against the fence, which is why it’s weak.

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-Re-seed the grass.  It’s patchy.  And sucky.  (You can see how the trees have messed up the fence situation.)

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-We are also in need of a roof and new gutter.

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We worked really hard last year to get to this point so we could do these things this year.  I’m dreading it.  But it will be great when it’s done.  I think.

Basically all you should get from this post is, home ownership is a LOT of work (not complaining) and this summer we’re going to spend a lot of money and time on stuff that I don’t really want to spend money and time on.  I know my parents are laughing.  I can hear it in my head as I write this.

At lease we have our little patio we can enjoy.

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I need to repaint the stairs.  I was dumb and didn’t seal it last year, so the winter was unkind to the steps.  I’ll make sure to seal it this time.

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And of course, all the millions of leafs wouldn’t fit in our green garbage can, so we have to ration them out a little at a time on garbage day for the next couple of weeks.

Yard Work Isn't Fun

Yard Work Isn't Fun

Please don’t judge our backyard!  I have complete respect for people with manicured yards.  It’s HARD WORK.  We’re trying really really hard to bring it back to life and make it beautiful.  Hopefully we make okay progress this summer.  It’s easy to be intimidated by a trashed yard.  But was it not I who said, “challenge accepted” after viewing this house during our house hunt?  Here’s to the summer of sweat and sunburns.

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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    Dude yours looks like paradise compared to mine. I have SOOOO much work to do. Those trees do look terrifying though! They could do some serious damage if they came down!

    • Kenz

      Every time we have a storm, I can’t sleep because I just get paranoid they are going to come crashing down on either our house or our back yard neighbors. They are MONSTERS.

  • http://twitter.com/decorandthedog Michelle

    I HATE spending money on the yard. Hate it. Luckily (or not) the husband is obsessed with our yard.

    On a happy note, the view out the front of your house is quite impressive. At least it is to this girl that lives in the flat Midwest!

    • Kenz

      That IS pretty lucky that Mr DATD loves the yard. That means you don’t have to do it, right?
      And thank you! I LOVVVVVE our mountains. The whole Salt Lake valley has the most beautiful view of them. We are quite spoiled.

  • http://twitter.com/SandpaperGlue Stephanie

    holy $2000 batman! that really sucks. however, you do have a lot of space at least :)

    • Kenz

      Professional tree removal is the worst. We just keep telling ourselves it will be SO worth it when we don’t have to rake from those bad boys.

  • Vanlun

    Hi, Kenz
    You have your work cute out, but it’s a great idea cutting down those trees. I hate yard work too, but once you are do you can enjoy your nice yard. Hang in there.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Vanessa! I keep thinking that once we get it where we want, maintaining it shouldn’t be too hard… right?

      • Vanlun

        Well, yard work, house work, work work etc is never ending. But, getting those tress out will make it easier. : )

  • [email protected]

    I’m with you; yard work SUCKS. And I love trees and all,but I am not so secretly glad that the old owners cut down all of the ones here. Every other lot in the neighborhood is wooded, so we can still ENJOY all the trees, but all their leaves are someone else’s problem. Win win!

    • Kenz

      That IS a win win! I am with you. I love trees. I’ve always been a tree lover. And I’m sure we’ll plant some trees, but we’re going to make sure they won’t get that big, and that they won’t be RIGHT on the fence line. These trees have destroyed the fence.

  • Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

    Me thinks you should seal up those steps JUST LIKE THEY ARE! Loving the chippy yellow paint… and it totally looks like you meant for it to look like that!

    • Kenz

      Oh yeah! I didn’t even think about that until now. I do love me some chippy paint. YES!

  • http://www.desertdomicile.com/ Caitlin @ Desert Domicile

    At least the leaves are gone? One positive to come from the crappy situation! I feel you though. We have no landscaping or ground cover in our yard and monsoon season is right around the corner meaning it’s going to turn into a mud pit again :( The best part? I’m spending money on new patio furniture rather than ground cover haha #priorities

    Psst: on the $2,000 tree removal thing: anyway your neighbors could chip in half to help have them removed? I know they’re in your yard but they’re super close to the property line and the other house. Just a thought :)

    • Kenz

      haha, I LOVE patio furniture. Good call :)

      And that is a REALLY great idea. I feel bad. We’ve lived here a year and a half, and I’ve never even met them. They are hermits. I should just go and introduce myself. They definitely might go halvsies.

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    You sure have a lot of work in front of you. Chant with me: It’s gonna be fun, it’s gonna be fun!! No? Ok… I love those yellow stairs. And of course I can’t wait to see everything you have planned to do outside.

    • Kenz

      I chant this every time I put on my gardening gloves… and in 5 minutes I’m like “ARE WE DONE YETTTTT?” I’m a baby, lol. Hopefully we can get our stuff together this year.

  • Tara @ Surburble

    Oh lady, you speak the truth. Yard work is HARD work. We have been diligently working on our back yard for two years! TWO YEARS! And it’s still not really done. Our before photos were worse than yours… and we had similar issues: retaining wall, fence, rogue trees taking over our lives and ruining everything… And like you, spending cash on all of those things was just as satisfying as lighting money on fire.

    I can’t wait to see the progress, though! I’m sure you’ll cook up some fantastic projects!

    • Kenz

      haha, YES. That is exactly how I feel. Like I’m lighting money on fire. I don’t know why “home and garden” is lumped together. I really hate DIYing the outdoors side of things. But it’s life. Thanks a lot Adam and Eve…
      You are a doll little miss Tara!

  • Paige Swarbrick

    our backyard is a fraction the size of yours and it looks FAR worse. it took Todd four different weekends just to get all of the leaves up because there were 2 years worth of leaves piled in there. and now it’s basically all mud haha we plan to do some pavers since that’s fairly easy but I am NOT looking forward to it. I am with you on hating yardwork. the. worst.

    • Kenz

      Raking really is so sucky. Also, pavers will look AMAZE SAUCE! I remember helping my parents do pavers. It ended up looking pretty ballin

  • Erika Thriftyandfabulous

    Coming from Décor and the Dog link party! Yard work is pretty rough but I actually like it. Any excuse to get out doors at this point! haha. Although I think I am the only one in my fam who actually enjoys yard work. We need to seal the paint on our back steps too. Our dog’s nails keep chipping at the newly painted steps, what outdoor sealer is your fave?

    • Kenz

      I haven’t even begun to dabble in the world of outdoor sealer. Haha! But when I find one, I’ll let you know! I’m glad you love yardwork. You can come do mine! I’ll go paint your house while you weed along my fence :) Thanks for stopping by!!!