The DIY picket fence story continues today with more prep work for the new fence. I really had no idea how much vegetation had to be dealt with along the fence line.
Some of it, of course, was obvious. Like this Rhododendron that has been growing through the fence for years. I dug and dug and dug on it, but I wanted to save it, and I was just about to give up when my neighbor helped to pull it out of it’s resting place. I moved it up by the porch, hoping it will be happy as a lark there and fill out nicely next Spring.
Those low hanging branches on the evergreen tree have also been dealt with.
You can’t really see it, but there is a holly bush in all that mess.
Here’s a better shot of it. After the fence was removed, I worked on removing four plants that were invading the holly bush. I intended to save the holly bush . . .
But I decided it would just be in the way of the new fence, so you can see it’s gone. The small ornamental tree was spared for now, but it had to be cut back on the left side.
On the back side, there was this huge lilac bush (left) and some peonies (right). I worked really hard to get that lilac bush dug up. I haven’t tackled the peonies yet—I don’t know where to transplant them.
Next up, we have this huge (almost dead tree).
I definitely needs to go.
Lucy (the visiting grand-dog) is checking out the cut up tree. Jamie and Andy left Lucy here while they were visiting for Thanksgiving. They will take her back home when they visit for Christmas.
You can see that the lattice pieces around the swing were very close to the fence, making it impossible to remove them with the old fence (and the new one) in place.
Several plants were left undisturbed, three small rose bushes, a clematis, small plants in two corners of the fence where you may have seen some lawn edging pieces.
After the fence was removed, I simply pushed over the old pieces. Their landscape timbers had rotted in the ground. After this picture was taken, I removed the two smaller sections as well.
Last week I told you about removing old chain link fence.
Next week I’ll tell you more details about how we are designing the new fence.
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