It is done. It is finally done! After of years of living on a jungly, overgrown lot, I have finally reduced the number of extra-large spruce trees in my yard to a reasonable number of 5 (from 15!!! Can you believe it?!?) It took 8 years of convincing my husband, not to mention saving up as there have been many other priorities over the years on this fixer-upper of a lot, and taking down trees this big ain't cheap. And no, I don't feel guilty.
It is not immediately obvious from the street, but if you take a close look at the picture below, you might notice that the right-hand corner of the house seems to be a bit brighter than in previous views...
...that's because the two former spruce trees in that corner have finally been removed. When you come up the walk toward the house and round the corner around the right-hand spruce tree, this is the new view:
Yikes!! Okay, it ain't pretty at the moment. I will definitely be planting more shrubs, including smaller evergreens, which will eventually help screen the view of the neighbour's house looming over us. But look at all that space! Just imagine the possibilities! Oh, I've got big plans, baby. Native shrubs, drought-tolerant, bee- and butterfly-attracting perennials, sweetly-scented flowers, and more.
And despite the current barren appearance, it really is so much better than before... I have a view of the neighbour's beautiful crabapple and mountain ash trees now:
...and I can actually see sky from inside the house!
Hooray. Now only 3 more months until I can start planting...