We had done several improvements in the past. When we moved to this house in 1973 there were two big elm trees in the back yard. We debarked them, so we could get rid of the source of all the little seedlings they send out in the garden and flower beds. Ringing or debarking kills the food source to trees, and eventually they die. This picture also shows a wire fence around the little Maple tree which Pete and Charlotte Black had planted shortly before we bought this home from them. It is now a large tree.
There was also a big elm tree on the north side that we debarked as well. On the north was a larger maple tree which the Blacks had also planted. The south lawn was planted in grass. I can remember having a sleep out on the south side with the kids a couple of times, and facing TV to the window and opening the panes, so we could watch a movie outside.One Sunday before we took the elm trees out, Aaron was sick and had stayed home. He was probably 7 or 8 at the time and a big wind storm came in and blew the tree over; fortunately it blew into the closeline and not the house. We were so thankful that it didn't break the window or hurt Aaron in some way. It was scary enough for him as it was.
At one time Steve built a three- tiered strawberry bed about where the pond is now, but it was too shady for the plants to do well.
Rob helped me put the flagstone the fall of 2000 prior to Autumn's wedding. Steve put the fishpond in about 2003 before Andrew's reception.
Here is what the patio looked like prior to its face lift the summer or 2011. Pretty hodgepodge.
During the two weeks I was in Northern Utah helping the kids, Dave and Virgil Steve did most of the concrete and siding work. Here is what it's like now.
This is how the cement looks now in the patio. As you can see in the picture, they also poured a nice wall on the south where the grill will go. The empty space on the garage wall is for a painting which Steve will do. We're still looking for the perfect scene for him to paint, so if you find a good one, let us know!
Looking west on the Patio.