Backyard Sanctuary: Creating a Blank Canvas

Over the summer I mentioned that we have been wanting to landscape our backyard. While working with a design consultant we came to realize that in order to implement our vision of a backyard sanctuary we would need to cut down a tree that had been slowly dying.

I really loved the shape of that tree, and it was a focal point for quite a bit of activity in our yard -- cat scratching, squirrel climbing, and birds flitting around. Nevertheless, our new landscape design will include more wildlife friendly bushes, berries, and trees that will be a colorful hub for all the neighborhood creatures.

tree cutting

blank canvas


  1. I have had to cut away at least 6 trees, none as big as the one u cut but I am glad that I did..Now u can design that yard..Can't wait to see how it comes out.

  2. oooo, can't wait to see it come into fruition :o)


    hello gorgeous xxx

  3. When we were first married, the fruitless mulberry tree that shaded a huge back deck, split and had to be chopped down. I cried and cried.


  4. It's always tough to cut down a tree, even one that is ailing. I can't wait to see your new yard. Ours is overdue for an overhaul, but every weekend affords no time to spare. Maybe its time to break down and hire someone......

  5. I like the idea of providing even more habitat for the creatures in your neighborhood... How exciting! Have fun... :)

  6. Wow, Chris that's a lot of trees! I hope it goes well and you have some space to work with.

    Emanda, I'm so glad my tears were a shared experience. Thank you for understanding :)

    Alice, hiring a consultant really helped motivate us, for she narrowed our scope and kept us focused. Hope you have fun re-imagining your yard!

    Lauren, the habitat is what keeps me thinking positively about the whole thing. I can't wait to see some squirrels under the bushes. Thanks for cheering us one!


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