This summer we worked on tearing out a lot of our landscaping. It was overgrown, and we had at least 7-10 dead trees in our yard. This is what it looked like when looking at our house. It couldn’t even be seen. Here are some before and afters. Still a lot to do in making our landscaping pretty, but we love being able to see out!

Front of house BEFORE:


We trimmed up some side trees and hauled the branches to the burn pile. I would go to bed at night dreaming of picking up limbs and branches. We had it burning for at least a good week. Many trips were made out to the pile.


The kids were troopers in helping us pick up sticks and loved the ride back.Excited to get rid of the overgrowth.
View looking out – BEFORE:

BEFORE (in process):AFTER:

Working on cutting down one of the dead trees. This one still needs to be cut down completely. Removed low tree limbs and got rid of planter by door that was housing wasps and ants.
Landon knocking out the planter box
More limbs coming down:

AFTER: Planter box gone. Still need to add railing.

Apple tree getting a few low branches taken down so we can mow without getting hit.

The work has continued for several months and still continues…We started getting a nice wood pile going.We had amazing help drop by and give us a hand.
Tater’s boss, Dr. Kolb, and his son.
Dad Kieser ran the Bobcat for several days.
Tater and Landon taking a turn.

Cleaning up behind the barn from previous owners.
Side of house. We had a pine tree leaning close to the house that was blocking our view. Down with it, we say!
You can see the stumps we still have to remove of the dead trees we chopped down. There are at least 7. We also need to add shutters to the window that we added on that end of the house. We plan to paint the shutters as well and add grass seed to many of the dirt areas until we can decide on long term landscaping.
In this picture you can see the dead trees that we removed. Mound near pool. The mound is to the right in the above photo. To keep or not to keep. Keeping it would add privacy and a wind block. Getting rid of it would make for extra play and usable space. Can you guess what we decided? 😉
Dad Kieser found us a playset to add to our yard. Such a bonus. We love it!
Notice the burn pile waiting for us to burn again. Tater just trimmed the back fence line so that I could mow closer to the fence without decapitating myself. He is now suffering from poison ivy. 🙁

6 Comments so far

  1. g-ma d. August 11th, 2014 8:24 am

    AMAZING!!!! What a great transformation

  2. Sandra Waibel August 11th, 2014 9:05 am

    Wow this is impressive!! Lots of work but it looks 1000 times better!!

  3. Denise August 11th, 2014 4:08 pm


  4. Ellen Farney August 11th, 2014 5:30 pm

    As I scrolled through these great before and after pics, I was in awe that you guys could even see a dream home here at all in the future. Then I thought of Christ how He looks at me with all of my “ugliness” and looks past it to see a possibility of “beauty” in my future. It’s a good thing that visions and dreams are possibilities! The first time that I came out to your house after the chainsaw was there, I totally did a double take and almost went past!
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Sharon August 16th, 2014 8:27 am

    Wow, looks amazing!!! My kids love your place and can’t wait to come over again!! You guys are an incredible team and have done a great job making your place beautiful! Thanks for sharing the journey, it’s nice to remember where it started. 🙂

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