Something I have neglected to mention here is that we've had a landscaper plant some Cypress trees in the backyard. They are planted in such a way to provide a privacy screen from the back and side neighbor. The back neighbor contributed with us and got the same thing done for his backyard as well. So essentially, we have 2 rows of trees alternating in the back where our backyards meet, and a row on the side. A picture would describe it very well but I don't have the heart to put that up..
..because many of the trees are turning brown and dying. DH and I are so disappointed and just heartbroken. We've spent a huge amount of money on these. The neighbor is also involved into it. General consensus is it is from lack of water. We have been watering them pretty regularly since we noticed the problem. But our landscaper had repeatedly advised *against* watering them because the ground was soggy from rain. I had asked him repeatedly how often should we water, how much water they need, what do we need to do they're turning brown. The guy doesn't have a clue. From reading online, I know he planted them incorrectly and on top of that gave us wrong advice. It's all a mess. People are saying get a full refund for such a crappy job but I don't see him paying anything back. We got an year's guarantee but I will be elated if I see any trees getting replaced. I have a bad feeling about this whole thing.
We've been stressed about this pretty much entire week. Last weekend was pretty busy with the get togethers and a party. This weekend is looking the same. We have been invited for dinners on Friday and Monday, and I have invited someone for Saturday night. Sunday looks free rightnow but I'm sure something will come up. Summers are always so busy. Everyone likes to get together. But at this point I just want to hide in a hole and not come out. I don't feel like socializing at all. But it's too late to call of anything.