front of the house - a pick ax, a shovel and a chainsaw and a lot of swearing and voila! no stumps. The additional challenge was the three sets of waterlines running in close proximity - since we are the corner house, we have the entire blocks water meters in the parkway. Fun Fun! Now I can finish the sprinklers and plant grass. I would prefer ground cover (no mowing) but I can't come up with anything that would take foot traffic since this is a very urban neighborhood and people need to get in and out of their cars parked on the street. The roses have just gone nuts over the past few days and so there are masses of roses along the side and front of the house.
They are more established this year and have really started to fill in. Little by little its getting there. If I could only find the %#$^%$ leak in the fountain I can get that running again. After I set it up, the water level would drop in a few hours. I sealed up where I thought the leak was coming from but it still leaks. I have to find some boat sealer or something like that and just coat the whole inside. Oh well, more projects!