I Speak for the Trees

I wish I had something more exciting to share with you regarding our current DIY adventures, but it’s spring. AKA yardwork season. Not typical spring yardwork here – pulling weeds and planting flower bulbs.

Oh no, our adventure is far less romantic than that. Our yardwork is, true to Kat+Moose form, is a project on a much larger scale, way less fun and a lot messier.

We started small.  We started by cutting down 10 very tall trees in our yard.

Yes, really. I wish I was kidding. Our Lumberjack Party turned out to be prophetic.

I apologized to them as I surveyed the yard once I got home.

Moose felled the trees with the help of some (amazing!) friends of ours. [Insert obligatory message here about not messing around with trees unless you really know what you are doing. Chainsaws are not a joke.]

Wait, does this story sound familiar? It should.

Only this time instead of letting 4 cords of chopped wood sit in our yard for six months we are sending it to a happy home heated by a wood burning stove. And we were able to get rid of all the brush in two days with the help of a wood chipper and burning (our town allows burning brush during certain seasons).

Before you go and call the Lorax on me, you should know we live on a very wooded lot. So we still have trees in abundance. Nonetheless, I miss those ones we cut down.

Except now our yard looks a lot bigger now. It’s similar to getting a major haircut when you’ve got a head of long hair. It’s painful through the process, looks strange right away and then you realize your yard (or face for the purposes of this analogy) looks light years better.

It wasn’t exactly by choice anyways. There’s a much longer story at hand here that has been brewing since we bought this house two years ago. But I’m going to spare you the gory details.

The short story is we are excavating our entire front and back yard, laying down some pipes for drainage, and will be hopefully gaining a pretty grass lawn for the first time we’ve lived in this house. We will also be putting in a patio and expanding our existing deck to cover the old deathtrap of a crumbling staircase in our backyard.

photoJust a fraction of what we are dealing with here.

I’ll be back later this week with some patio inspiration I’ve been collecting. That was actually the goal when I sat down to write this post, but I’ve babbled on for long enough.

Our existing “patio” is a mudpit. So pretty much anything will be an upgrade. I’ll do what I do best. Ignore the work at hand and find pretty pictures of what I want the end result to look like. : )

How are you welcoming spring?


3 thoughts on “I Speak for the Trees

  1. Looks like vandalism to me! Haha I know it will be beautiful when you are finished but I do feel sad for any loss of trees! Love you gooey!

  2. For me, trees are the giant flowers in our midst. I hate to see them cut down and cleared away. That being said, I know the importance of a warm fire with wood from your own land, and the need to excavate the land and trees to improve your home. Life moves on.
    I guess you took care of everything when you apologized, that’s what I would have done too. 🙂
    Good luck on your projects and thanks for a terrific read.

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