Ahhhhh..... Spring! The days are getting longer, weather is getting warmer, and flowers are in bloom! I'm siked to get started on my garden this year- I have lots of big plans! But anyone who gardens knows about the unfortunate grunt work that comes before the fun planting. And I have alot of it this year. I've been so preoccupied for the past two years- two summers ago I was big and pregnant and last summer I was dealing with a baby who could only crawl, so my garden got very little love. I'm determined to tackle the big stuff this year and really get this landscape in shape!
And before I can even work on the actual garden areas, I have a bunch of general cleaning up to do. First and foremost is--- The Ivy Situation.
My neighbor has no regard whatsoever for the abundance of ivy spewing from her yard over the fence that divides our properties. This is a picture of The Ivy on the left:
|Believe it or not, there's actually a fence under there|
My house is on the right. The reason The Ivy Situation has gone unnoticed (or honestly, ignored) is because it's on the side of our house nobody ever sees. All foot traffic is on the side with the driveway, and the Ivy Neighbor's backyard sort of cuts a sharp L-shape into our yard, so you can't even really access our backyard from this side of the house. Who cares about what we can't see!? It's not like it's doing any harm over there quietly growing---- right?
While I was preoccupied with making and raising a baby, the Ivy reached it's thin, snakelike fingers across the grass...
|Check out those Ivy Fingers!|
....to the side of my house and up underneath my siding...
It's literally ripping the siding off!
And unfortunately, the damage is threefold- not only is it ruining my grass and siding, but the ivy's teeny little creepers have carved deep grooves in the wall, like ancient fossilized earthworm trails.
Of course, I spent the better part of a glorious Saturday ripping the Ivy from the wall and ground, and I'm too sore to work on anything else for now (like my actual gardens). I'm tempted to spray an entire bottle of weed killer on the fence (But I won't! Just kidding! Please don't send me hate mail, organic garden activists!). I think a more likely scenario is that I've gotten it cleaned up and pretty for now, and then some glorious spring day when baby number 2 is old enough to manage I'll rediscover The Ivy Situation all over again. Maybe by then I'll be rich enough to hire a landscaper to take care of this crap for me.