Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Picket fence

Before.....                                                                                                      and after! 

Our front yard has been a big work in (slow) progress... we've removed many of the random plants and bushes (especially on the bark-chip peninsula in the middle of the yard for some reason). After we get everything leveled out and remove a huge stump, we plan to re-seed and say goodbye the peninsula forever!

One of the worst features of the yard is the picket fence that we hate. We can't decide whether to take the whole thing down or not (the problem being that we live on a corner and right next to a park and already have a large number of people who walk through our yard, even though there is a fence (though easy enough to step over, I don't know why people feel like they need to do it!). I'm worried that without a fence, our yard will become a free for all for short-cut taking park goers and dog-walkers.

The fence was painted white, but gets a heavy dose of sticky debris from the trees, so it was looking pretty bad (see first photo). I've tried cleaning it before, but it takes so much scrubbing that it takes the paint off. I decided to paint it and it looks 100 times better! It took me a couple of weeks do the front and back of the front side of the yard, and I still need to do the other side of the yard, but its looking much better already!

TOTAL COST TO RE-PAINT FENCE: $20 (4 cans of cheap white spray paint for the metal frame and 1 gallon of exterior fence paint). I've used half of these supplies to paint 1/2 of the fence so far

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