The Great Wall



Our property has a cinder block wall that wraps around the front and side.  We've debated about tearing it down. It's not original and truthfully does not go with the rest of the architecture.  However, what it lacks in form it makes up for in function.

Because we live on a corner, right next to an elementary school we get a good amount of foot traffic. My experience with the parents and kids of the school has been that they don't understand or respect that they're walking through or beside some one's home.  I find trash on our perimeter constantly. I can't imagine what our front yard would look like if we did not have the wall. Therefore, I'm not about to knock it down.

Three years ago, during one of my dad's visits he patched the cracks along the wall.  They have all come back.  We failed at matching the paint color. You can't patch over old paint. If you use the same original color, the existing color on the wall has faded so it looks different.  Getting the exact color from a faded chip off the wall didn't work either.

D finally convinced me that we need a trailing vine, Creeping Fig,  to make the wall more aesthetically pleasing.  He insisted it was the only economical choice.  I now think he is right.  The vine will cover the perpetual cracks, it will give the house a greener feel and we'll never have to repaint.  Our only maintenance will be to trim the vine, especially where the wood fence meets with the block wall.
Two weeks ago D bought 6 vines and planted them along the wall at two different areas.  All the rain we've had has done them good.  The only "downside" is that we need to practice the art of delayed gratification. It will be a couple of years before the vines engulfs the wall.  Maybe the rest of the house will be painted by then!

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Great Wall



Our property has a cinder block wall that wraps around the front and side.  We've debated about tearing it down. It's not original and truthfully does not go with the rest of the architecture.  However, what it lacks in form it makes up for in function.

Because we live on a corner, right next to an elementary school we get a good amount of foot traffic. My experience with the parents and kids of the school has been that they don't understand or respect that they're walking through or beside some one's home.  I find trash on our perimeter constantly. I can't imagine what our front yard would look like if we did not have the wall. Therefore, I'm not about to knock it down.

Three years ago, during one of my dad's visits he patched the cracks along the wall.  They have all come back.  We failed at matching the paint color. You can't patch over old paint. If you use the same original color, the existing color on the wall has faded so it looks different.  Getting the exact color from a faded chip off the wall didn't work either.

D finally convinced me that we need a trailing vine, Creeping Fig,  to make the wall more aesthetically pleasing.  He insisted it was the only economical choice.  I now think he is right.  The vine will cover the perpetual cracks, it will give the house a greener feel and we'll never have to repaint.  Our only maintenance will be to trim the vine, especially where the wood fence meets with the block wall.
Two weeks ago D bought 6 vines and planted them along the wall at two different areas.  All the rain we've had has done them good.  The only "downside" is that we need to practice the art of delayed gratification. It will be a couple of years before the vines engulfs the wall.  Maybe the rest of the house will be painted by then!

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Blogger Tracy said...

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November 11, 2010 at 2:53 PM

 
Blogger Mirmaduke said...

i think you are totally doing the right thing! i love the look of the green & beautiful vines growing over walls like this. i just bought a morning glory recently to climb up an area in the back of the house that was especially bare. it is already climbing nicely and looks nice and healthy...exciting to see a plant actually flourish with my black thumb! lol.

the other thing is that YES the kids would be trapsing across your yard and probably driving you insane. every day when i would pick lily up from school they'd run all over these people's yard on the corner. at first i would yell at her...but when you have three or four 5 year olds (plus owen) with all of that energy pent up inside & TIRED...they ain't listening!!

i gave up, but then felt guilty once again as i saw the old man that lives in the house giving us the evil eye one day. i now park in an area that is in front of a church with a big tall wall so that they can't go crazy on this poor man's lawn.

one thing that bothers me here in CA is how they lock up the schoolyards and close them off to the kids after school hours. i know they do this for many reasons...sadly likely vandals...but it takes away a great place for the kids to play and get that energy out. in PA we had huge schoolyards...we even used to go sledding at my elementary school...there was so much land. living in an urban area, i guess that is one of the sacrifices we have to make.

we have to drive them to a park on fridays after school so they can finally run around like the crazy kids they are!

i am finding that patience is one of the most difficult parts of gardening for me. i want it and i want it now! xo

November 18, 2010 at 9:37 AM

 

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