I don't know what it is about 2012 but it seems like we never have enough time or motivation and none of our projects are quite complete before we start a new one. Let me introduce you to Home Improvement Goal #4: Backyard Makeover!
It's nicely landscaped with sprinklers/drip to keep all the plants alive, but it's certainly not what we would have done if we were landscaping. Our lot is fairly large, but the backyard is divided up into multiple sections. Last year we removed the chain link fence blocking off the last 10 feet of the yard and yesterday I came home to this:
Eric has been wanting to take out both the mulberry trees to open up the space and eliminate the need to trim them back to their nubs every year. Yesterday, he and his dad took one down to the base and hauled everything out to the curb and cut down most of the other one.
It has already opened up the yard so much, and I know they have big plans to finish it up this weekend. Let's just hope this dry California winter holds out for a little longer so we can get enough done and get the yard ready for new plants this spring!