In the backyard we have a beautiful crape myrtle tree with a cluster of small trees growing behind it.
We couldn’t see the trees because they were being overtaken by vines, so we’ve been working to clear them out.
This is how it looked when we started:
During the winter it was kind of a mess:
The trees would have died if we let the vines continue to grow over them. It’s been satisfying to work in the yard and improve it noticeably in such a short time.
In the other corner of the yard, I wasn’t sure what kind of crazy bush we had growing there:
It was a completely dead bush, smothered in vines.
So we cleared that out too, and now we have a blank canvas to start with.
The kids have been digging and exploring.
I like to sit and look at our clear yard and dream about what I’m going to put there. I’m interested in reducing the amount of grass we have to water and creating hiding places for the kids to play.
I’m referring a lot to the book Easy Gardens for North Central Texas written by the senior horticulturist at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The pictures are gorgeous, and it’s really helping me to plan. It’s an excellent local reference for which plants can do well and withstand the drought with a minimum of care and water.