We bought the lot behind our house. It has been an empty lot as far back as I can remember. We bought this house from my parents, and my parents bought it from my grandparents. My dad said the lot was just grass when he was a kid. They played baseball on it. The trees were growing in it when I was a child, and now it was a forest of trees and briar bushes. We called a tree service in Long Island to come out and clear the property after we bought it. It connects right up against our back yard and extends to the end of the block. It was owned by a company and never used. We are the first new owners of that property in about 80 years.
We have always wanted to extend our small back yard area. Now we have a huge area. The tree service in Long Island not only removed all the vegetation, they landscaped it by planting lawn and new trees and planting beds. We had them keep one majestic oak that tested to be in perfect health when core samples were taken to look inside the tree. A little pruning made it beautiful. All of the other trees were a mix of fast-growing native trees and other plants.
The grass is now all filled in, and the newly planted landscaping plants are growing nicely. It is a beautiful area to relax in. We surrounded the lot with a nice fence so the kids can play in the yard along with our two big dogs. We have barbecues and entertain in that yard all the time now. The old yard was just too small to enjoy, but we did make the best use of it. I like going out and just sitting under that big oak tree. When I am on the riding mower I will sometimes just stop and shut off the mower under the shade of that big tree. I will lay out on the grass with my wife and kids and look up at the clouds and the stars. It is nice to have a big back yard.