Tuesday, July 3, 2012

It's a small small world!

It's a small small world plays in my head every time I look at our backyard. Don't get me wrong I LOVE our little patch of green but it's Teeny Tiny!! Seriously, In this picture I'm standing at the back door and that's how close our fence is:
But as they say . . . it's not the size that counts, it's how you use it (yup I just said that!).
The first step in getting the most out of our yard was PRIVACY. Our little fruit trees weren't cutting it . . . they would never be able to provide us with enough coverage for adequate privacy. So they got reassigned to the other side of the house and we replaced them with Japanese Maples!

We were able to buy all 3 maples for a grand total of $75!
Our City has a "Plant a Tree" Program where if you go to City Hall, you can buy up to 3 "tree vouchers" for $25 each. Each Voucher is good for a tree up to $75! We found these Japanese Maples for $100, the nursery was having a sale -30%, so they were $70 each and our vouchers were good up to $75! DONE!
3 good sized trees for $75!! This is my favorite kind of math!

Each maple will grow from 10-15 feet tall, and will spread out 10 to 15 feet. They grow tons of leaves so they are PERFECT for privacy and their roots systems are completely non invasive, so we don't have to worry about them being planted near the house. Within the next 5 years they will grow together and block the unsightly view of our neighbor's garages.
 The Maple at the back will provide us some privacy from our neighbors backyard, although I should say that they are two of the best neighbors you could ask for, but a little privacy never hurt anyone :).
Our next step with our backyard landscaping is to add some layers. I want to look out on to a beautiful garden, not a wood box with grass in it, and layering is the way to do it! So far we have our new beautiful maple, layered behind 3 bushy cedars (for winter interest), and lastly our vegetable beds in front. That about sums up phase one, phase two will involve more perennial plants as well as a frosted glass screen and maybe a pergola :).
I hope you enjoyed a peak into our backyard, I would have added more photos but there's not much more to show ;). hehe 

14 comments:

  1. they look awesome!congratulations! i'm browsing the city's websites now for incentives! thanks for the headsup. you mean to tell me you dug up the pear and apple trees and replanted them in the front?!

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    1. That's great,
      We did dig them up and replant them on the other side of the house. I'll take pictures if it ever stops raining here! haha

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  2. how tall do you expect them to grow?

    i just spent an hour looking for coupons offered by Toronto, and i don't think there are any. but for anyone who is interested, there is https://torontoparksandtrees.org/ and LEAF (http://www.yourleaf.org/toronto) has a wonderful program, where they'll have a certified arborist come in and assess everything about your yard, suggest native trees and shrubs that are likely to thrive in your soil, and deliver it for free and even plant it for you. It comes up to $150 - $220 plus taxes. If you've got about $250 lying around and badly want a native tree but don't have any know-how, this is the place to start.

    If you have $20 bucks and want to go greener, then the City offers a composter bin for $15 plus tax. :) yay!

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    1. They'll grow to be approx 10-15 feet tall, with a 10-15 foot spread! Perfect for privacy!
      Lots of Love
      Ashli

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    2. How do you get a composter bin?

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    3. We picked ours up from our city works yard. Sometimes cities and townships will provide compost bins for a reduced price. You can also find them on line stores like Amazon have tons of options. But generally if your city offers them, they are the best price.
      Hope that helps
      Ashli

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  3. That's a pretty neat incentive program that your city has. Also, most of the time I'm thankful to have lots of space around our house, but there are days where I wish I had a tiny backyard like yours. :)

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  4. Even though you only have a little backyard you can get outside...you have grass, veggies and a little space. Whilst you may think it's small (and in reality, it is...) if you lived in a unit without a yard...you would think your yard was big. Just knowing you can get outside on the lawn makes a difference. We were in the garden this week planting dwarf lemon and mandarin trees and tomorrow I'll post the rest of the veggie garden pics. Check them out. Regards Kathy A, Bisbane

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  5. I love your tiny yard! And, that is a steal for Japanese Maples! Those trees would be several hundred dollars a piece here!

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  6. I love those trees, they look nice. I am also shaping our garden at the moment and I set value on using native plants. Our garden is bigger than yours, because we have space in three directions around our house, but compared to many US/Canadian homes ours would probably still be regarded small. But you have to take into consideration that it has to be taken care of... I am glad ours isn't bigger because we both work full time and I wouldn't want to spend all my leisure time in the garden, mowing and what not. It's super relaxing to just open the doors and be in your own little green space, isn't it. You can see pictures of our garden in my blog, and I write in German and sometimes English. ;)
    Jule

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  7. I can't wait to see the reveal!! I planted just one Japanese maple a few years ago and now it's outgrown the little patch I wanted privacy for. I might just have to buy a little one to keep things under control...... love how you find all of these deals. Looking forward to having a few drinks back there with you. :-)

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  8. What kind of cedars are those infront of the maple?

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    1. Just regular run of the mill hedge cedars. They are short because we keep them pruned down!! :)

      Ashli

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