For those of you who are interested, here are the hill pictures I promised. Last week we embarked on the huge job of transforming the gigantic hill in our background. This is what the backyard looked like when we looked at the house to buy it (March): By the time we moved in (June), the hill had weeds covering it. The weeds were all grown over tarp so the first job (and the worst job) was removing the weeds, dirt AND tarp.
We spent last week figuring out what we wanted to do with the hill and shopping for supplies. We re-weeded the hill and then planted juniper (to hopefully spread and cover the hill in the next few years), heather and a few bushes.
My husband installed the steps and the small wall that will be a large planting area....eventually. That area that has the steps is terraced so we will put a bench there for a sitting area.
Right now our main priority was to get the hill cleaned up, planted and mulched. We will finish up the cosmetic stuff (bench, the addition of two bushes at the top of the steps to hide top supports, etc. in a few weeks.
But for now.....we are taking a little break. It was a lot of hard work to haul mulch up the hill in a wheelbarrow 70 gazillion times and I need time to forget :) !
ETA: (after a question about it!) We have a small yard with a stone patio right outside our back door. Then this hill. There are stone steps on the right side of the hill (which are not pictured but I will include when we finish up the hill.) Those steps go up to the second part of our yard....which has the playgrounds, fort, basketball, etc. There are woods behind that.
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