Here is a before photo of our view from the patio right before the woods were destroyed.
And here is what it looked like immediately after the destruction this September. It is still hard to look at the difference between those two photos. I will admit that the extra sunlight coming into our yard and house is a big plus but I still miss all those wonderful trees.
And the AFTER photos:
It is really hard to see much because there were two large bushes in the beds right by the patio that blocked any type of view. So we pulled those out and transplanted them. That alone, really opened up the view and possibilities. You can also see we added the back fence which blocks out some of the ugliness behind us. We have planted some trees and shrubs along the fenceline to give more privacy in the upcoming years. I then went ahead and made some new flowerbeds by the patio and on the otherside of the trail with all sorts of fun flowers for my woodland themed yard. Things like hostas, jacob's ladder, hardy fuschia and geraniums, hellebore, columbine, heuchera and lots more. What a difference it makes; along with cleaning up the trail, adding mulch and gravel, clearing out more logs, weeds and mess...... The crazy thing is that this is still just one small corner of the yard and there is so much more to tackle. But it does give me hope! It felt so great to spend all weekend working hard in the yard and to see progress being made. Some weekends we will spend hours back there and still not notice much of a change, but not this time. My back will be sore for a few days, but it is well worth it!!