Over the past few weeks Jason and I have been busy putting up more of the fence, regrading the back of our house and building wood lattice all in an effort to keep Moose, our 8 month old labradoodle contained. You can see the first part of our Moose containment effort here:).
This has been a VERY labor intensive job cutting down trees and overgrown bushes, digging out stumps, and removing the 6-9 inches of dirt that was up to the base of our house. And people wonder why I never want to work out? 🙂
DIY – Lattice Fence
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First Jason cut down a bunch of overgrown trees that were planted way too close to the house and our property line. Then with the kids help we took down all the other bushes along the back of the house so we could get a straight line to sink the posts along the property line.
In the above pic you can see just how rocky our soil is. There were definitely moments I wanted to give up:).
It took many MANY days to get the dirt level down and dig out the stumps (this was Jason’s job…he would to do a couple each weekend until we were all done)
Just check out that stump count!!! This is only SOME of them!
It definitely looked way worse before it looked better.
Then we dug holes for the posts all along the house and cemented them in. I planted a dogwood tree from Lowes I got for 75% off ($12.50) along with a hydrangea we moved from behind the house. (You can see my tips for saving money on trees and plants here) It’s the only shrub we saved from the back of our house.
Jason made the square lattice fence with pressure treated boards from Lowes.
He zipped them down with his table saw.
He screwed the 2 x 4’s to the post and pin nailed the lattice boards together.
As you can see from some of the pictures we are not done yet but we are really thankful to have some privacy and a little shade back.
We moved the two chaise lounges from our other deck on the other side of the house. We are definitely using them a lot more on this side of the house since it’s right off the kitchen.
It’s the perfect spot to read a book or have some mojitos after a long day of digging in your backyard:).
I think we will take a little breather and relax before we finish the fence but for now Moose is contained:). I still need to add a vine to fill this beautiful square lattice with. I am thinking either a climbing rose or a sweet autumn clematis or both:). Any gardener’s suggestions? Please check back as we continue to finish the back fence. I would love to hear what you guys think of what we have been up to, you can always comment below and I promise to read them!
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