Starting at the corner I cut back all the blackberries. It took about 4 yard debris bins to get it all and it seemed like I would never make it to our front yard. As I cut back the blackberries I was forced to deal with all our debris. We 'free' craigslisted the old wheelbarrow and the fence gate (scrappers delight). We recycled the plastic garden pots, dumpstered our broken concrete, and neatly stacked the tens of pavers, bricks and rocks we found back there. Once we had a bare slate, I turned up the ground and tried remove ALL of the blackberry roots to avoid the same problem again.
The sun is killing me here
Lilac is on the left between the living room and bedroom windows
If you have been following- this is the third tarp in this post. We were cleaning them throughout the project, which really made for some horrible pictures. Boo to the large cinderblock wall.
Fast forward to June when I took these, you can see the pathway. I also added lavendar, little lamb hydrangeas and some sunflowers. I am still looking for more plants for the fence line. Also, please note the amazing moment the pathway ends into our stone fence. Gate and new fence TBD.