We recently had a fence installed around part of the yard. It runs along the back and up about 3/4 of one side. The neighbors on the other side have a fence already bc they have a pool. It's not all enclosing bc that would entail us putting a gate across a very tight driveway space and that would be most cumbersome and possibly not very user-friendly. This is the back corner. The bushy stuff next to the garage is some bushes that had to come out along the back fence line bc they were in the way of the fence.
The acorns in the above picture are just a small fraction of those that fell this fall. We were inundated. The neighbors on the other side of the new fence have a lovely, huge old oak tree. We get some of its acorns every year, but this year it outdid itself. Kevin swept them up out of the drive, as well as many as he could get out from the grass and almost filled up two big drums with acorns. We were trying to figure out if there are any uses for acorns (for non-squirrels and for other than growing new trees). I just Googled "acorn uses" and came up with a few links related to Native American acorn usage, although a lot of the links have to do with that ACORN agency. I suspect that any practical use for acorns (e.g., cooking) would be rather labor intensive, therefore, I shan't look into it any longer.
This picture is of the fence along the one side. The panels were stepped bco a slight slope to the yard. It cuts back in to meet the house just shy of the front porch. The gate is on that segment.
An exterior view of the gate. At first I thought there wasn't a handle to get in from the outside, but the latch on the inside has a lever that extends a bit to the outside. We're not too concerned about locking it (we can't lock it) bc the driveway is wide open on the other side; we don't have it for security.
I'm very happy with how it came out. The company that installed it was great and they were very patient bc it took us forever to decide how far along the side to run the fence, what style, etc. and basically it just took us a long time to get our act together (surprise, surprise) and get it done.
Now we just need to decide what stain and/or paint to apply. As with all matters of taste, we now defer to our neighbor on the other side, Sandy. I selected the too light colors for the house that you can see in the bottom two pictures. Sandy selected the lovely colors for the garage that you can see in the first picture (there's a third, goldish color you can't see). Eventually, we'll have the house painted to match the garage. For now, we just look like the neighborhood white trash house with our mismatched house and garage.
So yes, I no longer trust myself wrt picking out colors or anything related to decor. In fact, I should never have trusted myself and wish I'd come to my senses about this particular shortcoming much earlier; it could have saved a lot of work! Oh well, now that I have Sandy next door, I can confidently predict that things will look a lot better around here.
So Sandy's pondering things right now, deciding about stain versus paint versus a stain & paint combo. For some reason, I think we're supposed to wait a bit before doing anything to it, but I should look into that bc the cold weather's coming and that might affect the fence wood and/or any paint/stain we put on it.
For some reason we never really used the back yard as much as we could have. I think, bc there was no border between our yard and the neighbor's yard, I unconsciously saw it as "the yard", like a common yard, and further unconsciously never wanted to use it more than our share. This summer, being unemployed, I spent more time in the yard and a desire for more privacy was part of the impetus for getting the fence up.
The downside is that it really clarifies just how small the yard is. Oh well, the small yard is challenging enough to keep up; no use wishing for a larger yard that will be even more work!
I am looking forward to painting and/or staining it; also, asking Sandy to think on how best to use the yard. She's a very good gardener and her yard is filled with lovely growing things. Maybe next spring (too late this year) we'll come up with A Plan. This Plan will include some long term ideas, e.g., making the drive in front of the garage smaller. Before we bought this house, it had been on a double lot with the house to one side and the rest empty (actually, they say there were lots of trees there, like the big old oak that's still there; we never saw it like that). So it didn't matter too much that the driveway was so wide there bc they had the whole rest of the lot. By the time we looked at the house, the other half of the lot had been sold, a bunch of trees removed and the foundation for the neighbor's house was already laid. So now that wide part of the drive takes up an inordinate amount of space. The patio does, too; that's gotta become smaller.
All in good time, all in good time.