Sunday, August 20, 2006

What a difference a year makes!

About a year and a half ago our pal Scott bought a cute little house in a north end neighborhood. Scott loves to entertain and he was drawn to this property by the fenced in yard, the nice, low maintenace landscaping and the GIANT oak tree that anchored the NW corner of the yard. This tree kept everything well shaded in the summer and Scott's lawn did not suffer in the summer months like many lawns in Seattle do.
It stayed green and lush and was perfect for BBQs and pinata entertainment.

Then last winter in a freak but severe windstorm the tree split right down the middle - half landing on Scott's roof, the other half on his just-paid-off car. Scott has his fifteen minutes of fame when the local news channel came out and did a little piece. It was all very exciting, but after it was all said and done the tree was gone. All that was left was a massive stump in the ground. The fence eventually had to come down all around the house as the damage was so great it couldn't be repaired. Scott has been very busy at work and the yard has languished in the summer heat. This weekend he called in the troups to help him get it ready for replanting this fall.
This pile represents where the giant oak once stood:
And here's Flynno on the bobcat:
After much hole filling, soil moving and leveling we've got this yard in pretty good shape to receive new sod. Soctt, we're all looking forward to watching your garden grow! In the meantime, I need to figure out how to deal with my own private hell of a backyard!


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