Buh Bye Bush

This year we were able to cross-off a couple projects that have been on our to-do list for a few years. And this year has been all about curb appeal! Not only are we having our siding replaced but we also said goodbye to the ugly bush encroaching on our magnolia tree.

Bush Before

My uncle, who was over repairing a piece of broken furniture for us, graciously took it upon himself to remove the ugly eyesore that greeted anyone who drove by. You can (just barley) see him here cutting off the branches. (And in case you were wondering, he used a reciprocating saw.)

Bush Removal 1

I helped by untangling and piling the branches, leaving them to be trimmed later.

Bush Removal 2

Once all the branches were off it was time to start digging up the stump. This turned out to be a rather difficult process since the soil was hard and dry due the lack of rain we’d had. So he dug a shallow moat around the stump and left me to soak it overnight.

Bush Removal 3

That evening I cut the branches to acceptable ‘pick-up’ size and added more water to the moat.

Bush Removal 4

The next day I did some more digging and thankfully soaking it overnight had made it quite a bit easier. However even after an hour of digging I couldn’t get the stump to budge even an inch. So, I decided to call it a day and soaked the stump again. (Zeak was very curious and made for a great size comparison!)

Bush Removal 5

While I was at work the following day my uncle came over and finished digging up the stump! It was a nice surprise to come home to, to say the least. That evening I leveled the soil where the stump used to be and admired my uncles hard work.

Bush Removal 6

A couple days later I threw out some grass seed, but unfortunately after a week or so of drought the rains came and washed all the seeds away. I was going to try to plant some again but since our siding project was suppose to be getting started I decided to leave it be for the time being and will try again in the spring. But even with the patch of dirt I still think it looks a lot nicer than it did!

Bush After

Eventually we will tackle:
-Paving the driveway
-Rebuilding the porch
-Adding some nice plants in front of the house
-And other landscaping to improve our curb appeal

 

What have you done to improve your curb appeal? 

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