Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

Yard Remodel - Phase 2

I was a bit leery spending all of the money I did to re-do the back yard a couple of years ago. But now having seen what a great party spot it has become and spending so many nights up there with a drink, some tunes, and the sky above, I can say that it was money well spent. I like to spend a lot of time outside. Just ask Albear and Dexter Fox how many times I head out onto their patio whenever I visit to enjoy the warm SoCal weather. So I decided to do a bold move and completely re-do the front yard of Fur Central. The landscaping is 30 years old and showing it. There was a massive juniper bush that was probably planted when the house was built. While the cats may have loved it as a hiding place, I was just sick of it. Yesterday a crew came out and hacked it all down. It immediately opened up the entire area.

The bold design that I have in mind is to almost completely wall off the front yard from the street. I'm looking for a Spanish-style approach of having something of an inner courtyard. I have an odd-shaped lot since I'm on a cul-de-sac, and there was so much wasted space! If you stood at one corned of the property, there was probably over a 100' of nothing but rock and cactus. One thing I wanted was a true vegetable garden, not the little triangle I have been using for 18 years. So where there is nothing but rock to the side of the house, I will have my garden. I'm also putting in a front patio. Once more, just more space to socialize. I was still left with a considerable amount of space. It then dawned on me to plant a "forest." I had a friend in AZ who filled his back yard with trees. It was such a nice oasis. He was a biologist, so he loved having all sorts of birds and critters in his little refuge. I thought I would do something similar. I then got the idea of using "practical" trees. So instead of a forest, I think I'll plant a little orchard. So my front yard will feature a nice patio which will be shaded from the southern sun by a variety of cherry, peach, apricot, and apple trees. It really is freeing to know that I will not be moving. Rather than make the house what someone else might want in order to sell it, I can make it the way that I want since I'll be living out my days there.
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