Friday, July 22, 2011

Good fences make great neighbors

When we moved here 7 years ago, the fence that was between ours and the neighbors yard was falling down. I had been wanting to replace it and we finally got around to it.

There were a few obstacles in the way. We had euononymus bushes in the flower bed in front of the fence and along the garage. I wanted them removed as I hated those bushes. You had to trim them at least 3 times a year and they really did nothing for me plantwise.

So while our neighbors were away in Europe, I told hubby that it was the perfect time to get r done! The hubby, Ian and another neighbor removed the bushes. The hubby and Ian worked on putting up the new fence sections. Chip had to build the middle section of fencing and thankfully he's a little handy dandy with the tools.

I then had decided I only wanted 1 flower bed in that area, so that meant rebricking the other flower bed area with red bricks. Should have been an easy task but with the huge maple tree that is in my neighbors yard, there were roots all over the place. We had to cut so many out of the way to just make the area flat to replace the brick.

The final part of the project was doing the raised flower bed. Chip picked out the red retaining wall bricks and we got to work laying out the bed. After much discussion, we decided that a $110 masonry saw blade would have to be purchased to cut the wall pavers that needed to be. I have to say, that I am pleased as punch with the outcome. The bed looks beautiful. The fence looks beautiful. The patio looks beautiful. Thanks honey! Love you for doing all my "little projects"! LOL!

Anyway, the neighbors have returned from their European vacation. I haven't spoken to them regarding the fence but sure do hope that they are pleased too. I sure wish that I would have taken before pictures, but I completely forgot....gosh I hate when that happens, but believe me it wasn't a pretty site.

Until next time...


  1. It looks great! I love your raised flowerbed :)

  2. Oh, my! That is a lot of work. You are so fortunate to have handy men around you. It will be so pleasant to sit in such a beautiful space!

  3. Looks lovely,I really like raised flower beds! Have a great weekend!Hugs,Jen

  4. Looking good Dee. I know you've been wanting to have this done for a long time! You need to tell me how you got Chip to get this done for you.

  5. Can't imagine the "before" but it's a gorgeous "after!" Woo Hoo!! Love the new raised flower bed!! But, wow - can't imagine living that close to someone else....they're like on the other side of that fence??? Where would I throw my snakes??? ;O) Have a great weekend! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  6. Beautiful! I love that raised flowerbed! Wishing you a great weekend Dee!! :)

  7. Looks good, really like your little raised flower bed. That would look awesome in the fall with some corn stalks & pumpkins!! ~Kriss~

  8. You all did a mighty fine job on the fence and a good call doing it while they were away...I would have done it that way too.
    Nice look.


  9. Looks great Dee. A job well done.


  10. Dee
    Great job~ I like the baskets hanging & the flower bed~ accents the fence~ so pretty~

  11. I love your fence and the raised flower bed. Hugs, Lecia

  12. I thought good fences made good neighbors. Then, my new neighbor placed a huge hot tub right up againt our new fence. They have an enormous yard with much acreage and this hot tub is only 40 ft from my familyroom and patio. They are going to realize it's a long long walk from hot tub to their warm house come winter, LOL. I hope they get frost bite and lose some toes, LOL. ;o)