Last week, we had the two big Japanese blueberry trees in our backyard removed. These trees were beautiful, with green glossy foliage that turns orange in late fall. During the summer, the trees are covered with tiny white fragrant blooms. Their best attribute was that they blocked the views of our neighbors’ homes and turned our backyard into a secluded oasis. However, it turns out that these trees were totally inappropriate for a tract-home backyard, growing to 30-60 feet tall and 20-30 feet wide. Jim, our gardener suggested that we take them down while both the trees and the cost were still relatively small. Presently, the loss of privacy is a bit disconcerting, but in the long run, we know it was the right thing to do. Now, we have a wonderful opportunity to redesign our outdoor space with new trees, flowers, and vegetables. We’ve had so much fun gardening and tending to our “crops” this summer and it has been nice to harvest fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes and jalapeños. Perhaps our “victory garden” can expand to include lettuces, onions, artichokes, carrots, and potatoes. Any other crop suggestions?
Check out the before and after photos: