Yes our house is in town, but last summer it seemed like we lived in a jungle. Well, if you made your way to the back yard behind the garage it was. We’re not quite sure what was there or why it was so out of control, but it was crazy! We should have done something about it before the middle of the hot and humid Iowa summer, but we thought it would be more fun to wait? Or it was that daunting that we just didn’t know where to start…yep, that sounds right.
One day I got a call at work from Michael: “Can you stop by Harbor Freight and get a pipe snake and a machete?” I won’t go into the pipe snake part other than to say make sure you know a good plumber if you buy a house that sat for a while. Let’s move on to the fun (?) part…the machete.
Armed with the trusty machete, the weed whacker and the chainsaw, we started in on the jungle in our yard. When I say we, I mean Michael…I took pictures. I had every intention of helping until Michael used one word – snake. As in “This is the perfect place for snakes to hide.” Check ya later! You have fun in the jungle with your machete dear, I’ll watch from the deck. We knew this was going to be a multi-day project, so Michael went with the quadrant method of breaking it down. First down the middle with the machete
Looking back, it may have been an Indiana Jones thing. Maybe I should have gotten him a hat and a whip too. Oh well. We live on the edge of town, so just a couple blocks away there is a yard waste dump for the town. Perfect!!! He would load up the truck and we would drive to the dump and get rid of a little piece of the jungle at a time.
Slowly, but surely
This was a huge job!
Some grass seed and it was blended in not long after that. You could hardly tell it was once a jungle. Now I think it’s itching for some raised garden beds. But that’s another project for another day. Just in case you were wondering…no snakes. A couple toads that I’m happy to have around to eat the bugs and a bunny rabbit who is welcome as long as it doesn’t eat my plants.