2013 - Year of the yard and garden revamp! #6: Starting to clean up 2 years of neglect...

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Blog entry by Cindy posted 04-27-2013 12:17 PM 1324 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Wow – It’s amazing how ugly things can get in just two years – lol. I took advantage of overcast weather to get out and do some physical labor – a few years overdue. As I’ve mentioned before, I live in a mobile home park. My lot is 40’ x 150’ and I cram all I can into it. I am a plant hoarder, haha! My brain thinks I live on 20 acres…It’s gotten too overgrown and part of my revamp this year is to thin it out. I have to wait until my iris and daylilies bloom to see what I want to keep and what I’ll give away – I don’t keep records of names or locations, but I’d like to thin things out by 1/2 and add more walkways. So in the meantime I’m cleaning up the patio and this year I have the energy to finish it off.

Now, sometimes I get asked for pics of my yard rather than pics of the individual blooms – this year I’ll be brave ONLY because I want to show before and after pics, it helps motivate me. But if I wasn’t improving anything you can bet I wouldn’t plaster pics if my trashy yard on here! lol

The patio is 25’ long (it extends past the crabapple) and 16’ wide on either side of the crabapple. The pavers are 16” square.
Here is a pic from two days ago;

and this morning – I really wanted to lay more pavers but I’ve blown my budget for this paycheck ; )

If I stand with my back to the fountain and look towards my car (my front porch and where I park is to the left), this is the view. As you can see, no one gardens but me. Anyhow, this stretch is 20’ long and I have laid 6” of mulch down the center but I can’t kill the darned weeds! Mostly thistle. I’m organic and nothing I’ve tried works – it always looks messy. So I decided I’m going to dig it out and lay more 16” patio pavers 2 or 3 wide as a walkway and border it with the cappedmosaic concrete blocks making the beds look raised, like the rest of the patio. At the bottom of the pic is a big pile of dirt where I’ve started digging it out. I need to build tray to screen the dirt – I am overrun with crabgrass and I want to screen out everything I can. The dirt itself I started mixing and adding to the garden 15 years ago and it’s beautiful!
The 20’ mess;

On a positive note, the bleeding heart under the crabapple is blooming, as are my first iris to bloom (standard dwarf bearded).

Now a question…I’ve had primrose in a tub for two years – my neighbor gave them to me when she moved. Some very pretty leafy thing is growing in it too, and I don’t know if it’s a weed or not. I’m posting a pic hoping someone might know? It’s the one going horizontally in the pic.

And lastly, some hummingbirds I found at a Kirklands this week. I hope I don’t get too tacky, but I feel a big urge to add garden “art” this year – lol!

-- ~ Cindy, Virginia Appalachians, UDSA Hardiness Zone 6 ~

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posted 04-27-2013 03:08 PM

The tree is blooming beautifully.
A little garden art is fun and attractive. You’ve done a nice job of getting things back in order.

-- JTC

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posted 04-27-2013 05:07 PM

I think the area around your home is lovely, even as you say it is under renovation. I appreciate the beautiful flowers and paths you have already designed through your garden. Sitting under the blooming crab-apple (?) tree looks like such a pleasant place to relax and enjoy being outside.

As to your weed challenge….the best thing I have found to stop lawn/grass weeds from encroaching into mulched garden areas is that black rubber/plastic lining that goes down into the ground to stop the grass roots from traveling under the mulch and popping up where I don’t want them. If you bury it low enough, lawn mowers can go over the top ridge without harming it. I am trying to get away from using pre-manufactured products such as these so I have also tried planting bulbs thickly along edges to form a barrier to the grass roots. Another alternative is to plant something that grows so thickly and tall (I have used daylilies) that the grass doesn’t have a chance to penetrate.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 04-29-2013 05:40 AM

how wonderful
You have a magnificent garden.
I bet the neighbours love looking out at your garden!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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