The barren front yard is starting to look different!  This spring we removed the massive juniper hedge in front of our house.  Check out this previous post if you want to see how massive and how ugly these junipers were!

Here is a photo of them awaiting the tree grinder/chopper.

Junipers ready for the shredder!

Junipers ready for the shredder!

The Junipers are Gone!

The Junipers are Gone!

We have left the front yard for several months and then, when Ed's dad came to visit, we decided it was time to put up the fence. We visited Parma Post and Pole to buy the fencing, went to a rental company to rent the post hole digger and began to build. The bad part was it was 101 degrees outside and so we broke up the job into 2 days. It was just too much to handle in one day. We had our son Joel doing the heavy lifting and the rest of us helped and supervised, depending on how hot we were.

Fence building

Fence building

Wrestling with the post hole digger

Wrestling with the post hole digger

Fence construction is just not as easy as it looks! And we bought poles and posts that were pre cut and drilled- easy as pie! NOT! First of all, there's the gas line you are trying not to blow up, and the internet wire you don't want to dig out, and the phone, sewer, etc. Thank you Digline! Then, you want to make the fence line straight- we had to redo the post holes a couple of times. The line has to be level, too and when you have an electrical engineer running the show, umm- it get's tedious. Let's just leave it at that! But the fence is in, I think it is stable. It is as straight as it's going to get and PLEASE Please, don't run into it and knock it down. I don't want to have to rebuild that for at least 50 years!

Next event, adding compost to the soil, drip lines for the shrubbery and buying the flowers and shrubs that will adorn the fence. That sounds like more fun.

A new fence line where the junipers once stood

A new fence line where the junipers once stood