Work progresses accordingly, but not in any way that makes it appear as though we are actually doing anything at all. I’ve been reluctant to post for fear that it seems we’re just lying about doing our due diligence as DIYers. For example, we just finished the first round of Chainsawaganza. The “before” shot shows the pool surrounded by trees:
This “after” photo suggests that despite several hours’ work of cutting, slashing, and hauling off any tree smaller than five inches in diameter, all we’ve done is build a treehouse.
Chainsawaganza! is labor-intensive but has to be done. Before we can do any real landscaping, we need to remove the majority of the smaller trees and the English ivy. Since the ivy has overcrowded every single scrap of earth on the property, we’re taking care of the trees first: there’s a very good chance that if we did the ivy first, all of our topsoil would wash away. We’ve started back in the woods by the pool, as leaves falling into the pool is infuriating and trees growing close to the pool might send roots through the concrete shell.
Neither of us are too happy about cutting down trees, so we’re planning to turn what we cut into mulch and reclaim as much of it as possible in a (very necessary) drainage project. Three days of solid rain last week flooded part of the basement. We’ve postponed some interior projects to work on shoring up the foundation so rainwater doesn’t run directly off of the roof, onto the ground, and back into the house. I get to order a half-ton of dirt this week and do some funky layer-cake stuff with the dirt, plastic tarp, industrial-strength adhesive, and the raw mulch.
Oh, and around the other side of the house, I’m waging death on a small patch of English ivy. No worries about soil erosion here, as there used to be a patio and the ivy has grown over it and up the side of the brick masonry, but since I’m smothering it out using layers of old cardboard all it looks as though I’ve done is forgotten to take out the recycling.