June 10, 2019

Wychwood Spring/Summer Garden Cleanup


When the Landlord's Away, the Gardens Will Go Astray...


Tidying up gardens at rental properties are usually a challenge for me. The landlord is likely not around to see or care about the state of things outside and the tenants, naturally, rent for clean and safe conditions inside and not for fine gardening to and from the front door. Gardens, therefore, tend to decline quickly if maintenance arrives once a year (maybe), if ever. The amount of weeding and pruning can be staggering for a one person gardening company (me.)

Fortunately, it wasn't "staggeringly bad" with this front and backyard cleanup in Toronto's Wychwood neighbourhood but bad enough.


Here's the front yard before the cleanup:



Toronto Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Toronto Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup Before 


I knew it was at least a year since anyone has tended the front garden as it was choked with litter flying in off the street, decayed crabapple fruit and leaves and plenty of weeds. And who knows when the shrubs were last pruned?


Toronto Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Toronto Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup After 

The "after" picture above reveals a half decent garden with an actual path!


Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup Toronto Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup Toronto Before 



Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup Toronto After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup Toronto After 



Toronto Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Toronto Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup Before

Here's the view from the street, before and after some vigorous raking and judicious pruning. And, yes, trash collection...



Toronto Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Toronto Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup After 



Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup Toronto Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup Toronto Before 



Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup Toronto After by Paul Jung--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup Toronto After 



Toronto Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup Before by Paul Jung--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Toronto Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup Before 



Toronto Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup After by Paul Jung--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Toronto Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup After 



Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup Toronto Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup Toronto Before

The view from the porch. I pruned the silver-leaf dogwoods a few feet down to allow someone/anyone to actually see the garden.


Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup Toronto After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Wychwood Front Yard Spring Cleanup Toronto After by 


And the backyard....



Work in the back garden mainly consisted of pruning overgrown thornless roses, lilacs and an Arrowwood viburnum and some weeding in the beds and interlocking brick path.


Wychwood Toronto Backyard Spring Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Wychwood Toronto Backyard Spring Cleanup Before 



Wychwood Toronto Backyard Spring Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Wychwood Toronto Backyard Spring Cleanup After 



Toronto Wychwood Backyard Spring Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Toronto Wychwood Backyard Spring Cleanup Before



Toronto Wychwood Backyard Spring Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Toronto Wychwood Backyard Spring Cleanup After 



Wychwood Toronto Backyard Spring Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Services Company
Wychwood Toronto Backyard Spring Cleanup Before 



Wychwood Toronto Backyard Spring Cleanup After Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Services Company
Wychwood Toronto Backyard Spring Cleanup After


I may be back a year from now and I have a good idea how the gardens will be then: ignored!

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