Lookin’ Good in the Neighborhood: Part 2
I’m back with the details on our recent landscaping adventure! We were able to get 35 plants installed, watered, and pine straw spread in 24 hours. There were definitely some celebratory adult beverages to be had after that accomplishment!
Of course I wanted to get the plants the crew delivered in the ground as soon as possible. When it comes to home improvement projects, I have no patience. Fortunately, we had a mild Saturday in January with temperatures in the low 70s. We took advantage of it and planted the 10 boxwoods, 10 yew, 3 winter daphne, and 12 autumn ferns.
It was A LOT of work, but we saved a considerable chunk of change.
This is how we did it:
1. Rake pine straw/mulch out of the way
2. Set out plants where you want them and look at them from all angles and distances.
3. Dig holes 1.5-2x the size of the root ball
4. Place plant in hole and back fill with a mixture of native soil and new dirt (apparently this keeps the native soil from hardening back to a brick or in our case, Georgia clay)
5. Fill in low spots with extra dirt (we did this because very mature azaleas were removed and there were low spots from where they used to be)
6. Re-spread pine straw
7. Lay soaker hoses
This was just phase 1 of the front yard.
And I can’t really tell you how many phases there will be.
I know that our immediate priorities will be:
1. Keep transplants and new stuff ALIVE by watering. So important.
2. Remove weeping dwarf cherry tree. We hate it. It’s smack dab in the middle of the yard and blocks the view of the house. It only flowers for a few days in the spring. In the winter it’s a depressing bundle of droopy sticks. See ‘ya.
3. Re-sod some Bermuda
4. Get a lamppost for our stub.
5. Get a matching porch light.
6. Plant foundation plants along left side of house.
7. Fill-in empty space by boulders with liriope, Lenten rose, Heuchera, etc.
We invested some money in soaker hoses and a timer. This is an effective and inexpensive irrigation system, though it still cost money. But it will be worth it come summer time in Georgia. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be standing out there watering our yard in 100+ degree weather day after day. Adam spent a considerable amount of time winding the soaker hoses through the planting beds so we can make sure everything gets enough H2O.
But a pretty amazing transformation, right?