Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bye-bye Bushes!

Not these Bushes, though they are on their way out...

These bushes...


Today every single yew around our house is not gone, in preparation for Operation: Bungalow Landscaping. My Landscape Design teacher called these 'lollipop shrubs', because of the silly way they were pruned. I'll miss the big square one at the back corner a little bit - but only because it wiggled like a bowl of Jell-O when you touched any part of it.

That was cool, but cooler still will be our new patio, part of which will be right where Mr. Square Jell-O used to be. RIP, bushes. And don't worry, fellow tree-huggers - we'll be replacing them with lots more biomass, and lots of local plants.

4 comments:

denise said...

We had a yew in our previous house that we called The Gumdrop Tree for the same reason as your lollipop ones. I sure don't miss that monster of a bush! Can't wait to see what you do with your garden!

Susie said...

Hilarious! We were planning to remove ours this weekend, too! Any tips for removal? This is our first go at landscaping...

Dawn said...

This comment has nothing do do with your landscaping project, other than I'm jealous as I expect this will be a project for us next year or the year after!

Actually, I'm curious to what the "special recipe" is you've used to clean the antique hardware in your home. I currently have all our old hinges, etc. stripped of paint, but wanted to know what a good next step to making them a bit more pretty like yours as seen in your PDF photo.

Thanks much!

trudy said...

Susie,

I was lucky to see a tree company across the street and for $20 they lopped off a juniper in my yard like in the photos.

That was a year ago and the roots are still there, like a guilt complex. I would pay a tree company to grind down the roots in a New York minute, but the water and gas lines run under there.

Having seen a real stump grinder at work and seen the results, I would never again try to dig out a giant set of roots by hand.