Originally Posted by GailC
You know I'm not that far away for landscaping advice!! The first house sounds like you have a big silver maple in the backyard. This is not a tree for a small urban property unfortunately. It would be best to be cut down and removed which will be an expensive proposition (about $1500 at least!!). Then you will have to get the stump ground out/roots removed, soil hauled in etc....... If the tree was close to the house there could be potential foundation problems too.
You know once I get a house I will be asking you all kinds of things!
The tree was smack in the middle of the yard...for someone who doesn't like yard work or a garden, etc, it would have been ok. It actually gives the yard a woodsy, serene feel, and I envisioned me reading in a hammock with my faerie land I am planning on creating all around me.... But I need a grassy yard, and sun to grow my vegetables and flowers!
I peeked at the other house yesterday....they have a yard with grass, and even though it's small too, she has a big patio and a separate section that would be perfect for a garden, and her fence gate comes half way down the driveway so that's a bigger area for the dogs to run. And there's a front yard, too, which just needs some ugly bushes ripped out and pretty flowers planted. I am so excited already....and it's nowhere near house-buying time!
By the way, I did tell by boyfriend we have to go to the bank and see how much we are pre-approved for...so that we know, not just speculate on how much we can afford. Hopefully there's something good for a first time buyer.