I wish I had gotten better "BEFORE" pictures, but this is a photo of what we have come to call
All spring I've been spending hours working my way into that mess with loppers and thinning it out. It was just a tangle of long snakey cottoneaster tendrils. Imagine my surprise when I eventually discovered there was some pretty rock terracing under some of it.
|After. See my neighbor's house? He's pleased he doesn't have to view that tangle anymore.|
This slope really needed some sort of feature to make it interesting. Since my husband wouldn't buy me the huge and expensive natural stone obelisk that I've been admiring at the stone yard, I decided to recycle that heap of rocks and scalloped tree surrounds into terracing for a pathway that would meander up the slope and through an opening in the rose of sharon hedge into the front yard. My son liked taking this secret shortcut when coming home from school even before the trail was built. Here is the new trail (yes, there were that many rocks heaped up on the slope in a pile). The steps are covered in landscape fabric and mulch to keep them looking nice.
|The rose of sharon hedge at the top is just starting to leaf out. It will be bloom from late July through frost.|
|One of two new dwarf apple trees. The crown vetch is difficult to get rid of, but now that we can actually reach it with a trimmer it will help.|
|"Secret" entrance through the hedge.|
|Once the daisies and asters take hold and start to spread there will be flowers along the path softening the hard edges.|
Totally worth it ☺
We'll be moving soon so it may be years before I see how it all turns out with the plants growing. I'm glad I took the time though.