Tear Down That Fence

Some projects are immediately gratifying.

Hang a new piece of artwork.

Add a new light fixture.

And some projects are…slower to see results that you want.

The former owners of our house were avid gardeners. This included a massive, fenced in vegetable garden. As much as I like the idea of a vegetable garden, I really don’t have time to manage one. So we decided this year we would pull out the fence and open up our yard a little more.

Old pictures:

When I say it’s fenced in I mean – there’s a normal fence, and then an added on higher layer of fencing [in case of jumping bunnies??], chicken wire around the bottom and cement and or bricks lining the base, to prevent digging. This is intense fencing.

clearing out veg gardenI really hated this fence. Ugly. Blocked off our yard. Useless space [for us who like to buy our tomatoes]. Just not my style.

With no plans or desire to do a vegetable garden, we decided it was time to take out the fence.

Honestly, I thought it would be an all day, horrible job. Last Saturday I left to go to the gym at 9. When I came home at 1030, the fence was down! Andy and a good friend managed to dig up the posts that were held in with concrete and this is what we were left with:

yard_fenceIt definitely was not an easy job, but they managed to get it down pretty quickly.

yard_fence_downAfter the men did the heavy lifting, I spent a chunk of time filling in the holes, digging up bricks and dragging the metal poles to the front of the house.

yard_fence_goneSide note- Does every town have a troop of pick up trucks that circle every  night looking for any metal scraps being discarded?There is probably 50 pounds of concrete stuck to each metal pole. We’ve set out two so far and they each were gone within a few minutes. It’s amazing.

concrete_yardSo that’s that. It’s looking more like a heap of rubble right now and less like usable yard space. We need to get rid of the concrete chunks, remaining poles and bricks. This coming weekend we are hoping to rent a rototiller to loosen up the dirt so we can plant grass seed.


Overall though, I do like how much more open the yard feels.

Anyone looking for chunks of concrete?? They’re all yours – pickup only.


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