Seurer Yard/Garden Tour, page 8

On the kitchen side of the house the yard falls off steeply into the backyard. The fence is to give our dogs a place to run around in and encompasses about 1/3 acre in total. It is a cedar split rail fence with wire fencing stapled to the inside.

Someday we plan on terracing the slope along the house here. There will also be a deck that wraps around from the back of the house and runs right up to the front yard. We even have a header in the wall there so we can put a sliding glass door into the kitchen.

The large tree on the left edge is a huge elm. It is beautifully shaped and doesn't seem to have been affected by the building of the house at all. The tree near the gate is a large oak which also seems to have escaped unscathed.

In one corner of the fenced area we created a little play area for the kids.

There is a shade garden right along the inside of the fence, too.

The "back" fence in this picture is along the property line.

The play area is twice the dimensions of the Little Tykes playset and is landscape fabric with 3 or 4 inches of chipped bark on top. There are some logs along the right side of it and fencing (which you can see in front of the oak tree on the left) along the other side.

The garden area (on the left side of this picture) is mostly hostas with a few other plants whose names escape me at the moment.