July 25/Backyard Progress
This week I’ve started a battle…with the philodendron in the backyard. This is a view of the east side of the lot. These plants are straight out of a Jurassic Park jungle, and have probably been growing, untouched, (probably growing into our foundation) for a half century.
“But they’re so pretty and jungle-like!” You might find yourself saying, as I did when we moved in. “They offer such great privacy!”
Well here we are one year later, and those suckers need to go. I posted about ripping out some intertwined roots last year, and here is an update. Yes, we did take about an 11 month break from this project. Days of back-breaking work later and it looks basically the same (minus about 2 feet of roots).
Here is one “finished” after about three days of work. I felt like I pulled Medusa’s head out of the ground. There are still stubborn roots underneath, but I’m hoping they will die without the rootball.
Oh, and I came face to face with one of the largest and scariest spiders I’ve ever seem while cutting down leaves. My research (why did I think a google image search would be good?) makes me think it’s a brown widow spider (not as poisonous as it’s black cousin). You’re welcome for not posting that picture!
If anyone has any suggestions for how to tackle this project, I (and my back) would be very grateful…