Transforming the Cedars

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Project by MsDebbieP posted 08-02-2013 08:27 AM 2339 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

August 2, 2013

Not long after we moved into this house (over 25 years ago) our neighbour was pulling out her cedar bushes and asked if we wanted them. At the time they were probably six feet tall (not that I can remember, to be honest) and I planted some daylilies between each of the trees.

Because we aren’t the neatest homeowners, I wanted a little arc of cedars to block the view from the road to our shed and the piles of whatever that seemed to always accumulate outside the shed. I love my little curved row of trees … except that the flowerbed in front of the trees has always been just a mess. “Some day”, I say, “some day, I’ll fix that”.

Last week, I had a thought that perhaps it was time for these now-huge cedars to go, to reduce the mosquitoes near the house and to clean up the flower bed. Rick, who usually says, “whatever you want, Debbie” said, “no way. I love cedars.” Well, me too, ... but the seed had been planted.

Yesterday, it started out as just trimming off the little branches that were dead. And then there was a branch here and a branch there that stuck out, stuck down, or stuck in-between other branches – and they were also trimmed. And then a little here and then a little there and next thing you know my cedars have legs! No more ducking to get underneath a branch. No more cluttered space, impossible to decipher what was a weed and what was a wanted flower.

And… when my grandson (and grand-daughter that will arrive in December) get a big older I think they will love climbing in the trees. Bonus! (In the background of the third photo you can see an old tractor tire that is half buried in the ground. “Grandpa Joe” put that in the ground for our kids. Now the grandkids will have their turn at climbing on it.)

Picture 1: almost a before photo … just something to create an image of what it was like
Picture 2: the largest of the three piles of branches removed
Picture 3: the after photo

So there is the current state of affairs.

Next step? Thoughts?
I thought about planting lily of the valley and letting it fill in the area but I ditched that idea. I think the blank ground will be a great space for kids play and will really help me keep the flower bed look “nice”. Much easier to tend to.

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

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posted 08-02-2013 08:59 AM

MsDeb, I really like the ‘new’ look. It let’s so much light in and has a clean, serene look to it. I love the half tire for the kids to climb and play on.

I know we all hesitate to prune plants, especially trees. But so often it improves the health of the plant and the surrounding area. It makes the space appear so much larger. Although it can mean keeping an eye on re-growth and more pruning, I think it is well worth the effort.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 08-02-2013 10:11 AM

It was a wise decision to prune the cidar and keep the empty space for the kids to play.


-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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posted 08-02-2013 11:55 AM

I, too, like the look. Well done.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 08-02-2013 03:08 PM

thanks, everyone.

now.. to keep it looking this nice.

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

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