The first order of business around the new place is an attempt at making it seem occupied and less like the Addams Family home. Cleaning all the weeds and volunteer trees out of the overgrown hedge is already a major improvement in the curb appeal.
The question then becomes, what do we do with the hedge itself? I personally prefer the free form look. I always figured if mother nature wanted her shrubs to be square she would have designed them that way. I also like the way it hides the house from the street. You really have to know where you are going to find this place in a car. My third argument is that the nearest neighbor to the south also has a free form hedge and for the sake of continuity ours should be the same. The engineer however wants a formal hedge. Either way nothing can be done immediately as trimming a hedge during drought seems like a sure fire way to kill it. So what would you do? Formal or free form?
Another debate is what to do about the dead trees out front. They are located between the sidewalk and the road and are dangling precariously above the power/phone/cable lines. Technically this house is not incorporated as part of the town. So who owns the trees? Or more importantly who is responsible for trimming them? The town, the homeowner, or the utility company?
This one is shedding bark into the street at an alarming rate.
And there is another completely dead one that seems to be actually holding up the utility pole. Anyone know who I should call?