Do I have to? But it's embarrassing and stuff! Ok, deep breath. This is about learning and improving right? I actually started this when Gayla posted the prompt, and I've been sitting on it.
My outdoor gardening space is divided into three separate areas, the front yard, the back yard, and my community garden plot. I live in what is essentially a row house, so the only connection between the front and back yards is the house itself. My front and back yards are both tiny. I think my community garden plot may be the largest of the three areas. I'm going to focus on the back yard for this post, since it's the one I'm most interested in fixing up this year.
In the main section of the backyard, we have a small yard dominated by one HUGE white oak (Quercus alba). It's a regal old tree, with a 3 ft diameter trunk that rises some 10-15 ft before the lowest branch. Unfortunately, it isn't the happiest of trees. It's starting to show its age with a bit of decay at the base and and some dying branches in the crown. I worry about it, but I don't think it's a dangerous tree yet. The yard itself slopes slightly downward towards the house. We've used castle rock to terrace a bit of the slope. but we do get a fair amount of runoff into the yard when it rains. I've planted a variety of perennials around the edge of the yard, but there are some bare spots and a few things that have gotten overgrown. I need to add some things with height around the edges. I need to move an iris that doesn't flower because it's in too much shade. I need to cull the New England asters that have popped up from a Purple Dome aster that went to seed. I need to do something about the weeds. So much to do.