I’ll admit it. I feel a little twinge of guilt every time I drive by a perfectly manicured lawn, only to remember the poor neglected space that is my own. The truth is, I inherited much of what is there now and just haven’t taken the initiative to really redesign the landscaping to something with more curb appeal. But now, over a year into owning this home, I think it’s about time to take my attention outside the front door and into the great outdoors.
One of the things I disliked most about the previous owner’s landscaping choices was the philodendron forest that took up a huge corner of our front yard. There were two reasons for my justified hatred. One, it covered up a good portion of the house, making the property appear much smaller from the street. And two, philodendron roots are a beast to deal with, having the strength to grow through concrete, and these plants were growing right next to the foundation of our home. Not only were they an eyesore, but were a potential hazard to the structure of our property as well.
Soon after moving in, I did a hack job on these babies, going through and cutting down the huge stalks that covered our front room windows and blocked any light from coming in. But, when I got to the roots, I was both tired and at a loss for what to do exactly, so I called it a day.
|Horrible Picture, but you get the idea of the forest that was outside our windows.|