Critter eviction day…Removing vines from brick

My latest project is to restore a 1924 duplex and let me tell you, I have my work cut out for me!  But I’m looking forward to every minute of the challenge.

Cute, red brick all around that is unfortunately covered entirely by vines.    This is a popular option for people that want to soften the hard lines of brick or as in this case, to conceal flaws in the brick walls from foundation issues.  If you currently have or are considering planting ivy or vines along your brick, think again!

Over time, vines implant themselves in any crack or crevice they can find and you place your brick’s mortar integrity at risk. Not to mention, you can’t even imagine what lies beneath this cozy maze of vines!

Day 1 of my removal wasn’t met with too many issues:


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How to say “You’re Fired” to the watering can with drip irrigation.

If you’re like me, you might think that only Jolly Green Giant has a green thumb when it comes to being able to maintain pretty plants and flowers on your patio or around your garden, especially in the Texas summer heat.  When I COULD remember  to complete this task, I would ask myself if quality time with my water hose was really worth it.  I finally decided to conquer what looked like nothing short of a complex puzzle…a drip irrigation system.   Have no fear!

sample of drip irrigation running from sprinkler head to pot