First we had the backyard cleared out of underbrush & any tree under 3" in diameter. Then the back that's covered with leaves & twigs was "mulched"... made for a cleaner play space and when it's wet it's not as messy as straight up dirt. We have some major trees back there with quite a canopy that shades most of the backyard (so only the front 10 ft of the backyard has grass). Not sure what our plan is for next spring/summer (have all winter to brainstorm). But glad to have it cleared out for now so the boys can play and all the thorns & poison ivy is gone!
Backyard before and afters (just ignore all the other randomly placed items/kids)...
|Left side before|
|Left side after - whoa - space!|
|A Jedi in the Jungle (center before)|
|Center - In front of deck before|
|Center after (found a bunch of large rocks in the ground!)|
|Right Side before|
|Right Side after|
|Hauling away all the stuff they cleaned out! |