Backyard from Hell
June 21, 2005 3:36 PM Subscribe
Recently I moved into a rowhouse with a number of other people. The previous tenants left the backyard looking like a jungle, a poison-ivy filled jungle of death.
Help. Oh God, please help.
posted by schroedinger to Home & Garden (24 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We wouldn't have a problem rolling up our sleeves and pulling things up, but there's a bunch of poison ivy back there. The greenery is thick enough and the poison ivy wound insidiously enough that we can't target it for spot treatment. We're thinking the best idea is to raze the area and start over, but we're not quite sure how to go about that. Our landlords are pretty new at landlording and don't have any ideas either. We tried spraying everything with Round-Up and poison ivy killer, and while things are dying it still looks like Joseph Conrad is going to leap out from behind the tree.
Does anyone have a suggestion about clearing this mess out? We have a shovel, a hacksaw, and a push-mower at our disposal--are there any neato power tools we can rent that'll do the job? Nothing big, since the entrance to our backyard is about the width of a door.
After we're done, should we just fertilize and seed the area with grass or do we need to wait for the Round-Up to clear out? We're all college students so we'll only be here two years at the most--we do want a backyard, but not something that'll take three years and gobs of money to grow pretty.