Friday, April 24, 2009

THE BEAUTY OF THE BACK YARD



My kids said I was probably one of the only people cutting down trees on Earth Day. They were traumatized. Planting new ones in their stead wasn't good enough for them, I had robbed the squirrels and birds of potential homes. I guess that was my momentary punishment for raising my kids to be environmentally conscious. LOL!

Last year we moved into a home with a very "natural" backyard. The people that built this home and lived in it for 23 years before selling it to us were the only ones in the neighborhood that didn't remove every single tree and replace them with grass. I love my backyard. We have nearly every bird imagineable flying around. We receive visits from deer from time to time (I'd like to forget the visits from the snakes though). It doesn't get any better than this so close to the city. The challenge is, what do I do with it?

We removed the dead trees, trimmed the ones growing into the house, and removed the ones that were growing into their neighbor trees. I've scoped out the section to plant my garden but the rest is a mystery. Do I plant wild flowers that will return every year? Once the trees get their leaves we will have a shortage of sunlight. The kids want a pond, my hubby wants a spot for his hammock, I was thinking a fire pit would be fun.

If your reading this and have any interesting ideas on how to bring the backyard to life (even more life than it has now), please share! I'd really appreciate it!!