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Project by Mark posted 05-15-2011 09:55 PM 2881 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently went through a lot of work to bring my pool landscaping back from a particularly rough year. All the plantings you see were originally done a year ago – and since then, we had a horrible summer (almost zero rain) and a brutal winter with multiple feet of snow. Uncharacteristically extreme weather for us. Needless to say, we had a bit of a mess to deal with here. Lots of pruning, trimming, cutting back grasses, cleaning Hostas, a huge amount of re-mulching and even reorganizing the Delaware river stone which were a bit sloppy from the run-off.

Perhaps some of these pictures will be helpful if you’re dealing with something similar – or if your looking for pool landscaping ideas. There’s more description (and more photos) in my blog at the link below as well:

http://www.all-about-the-house.com/refreshing-a-swimming-pool-landscape/

Any suggestions on how to improve anything shown here or described in my summary would be very sincerely appreciated. This was the first time I’ve ever dealt with Hostas and even some of the grasses. They seem to be coming in nicely now though – it’s been about 2 weeks since I took these photos.

Thanks…

-- Mark, Jersey Shore, http://www.all-about-the-house.com



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MsDebbieP

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posted 05-16-2011 05:05 AM

you’ve created such a beautiful space. Everything looks so clean, crisp, and—beautiful!

I think the whole world has to get used to the extreme weather conditions, whatever that means for the area.

Great job and well worth all the work you put into it

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

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Bon

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posted 05-16-2011 08:23 AM

Nicely done.It looks really good.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Iris43

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posted 05-16-2011 09:17 AM

A very stately-looking area. It will be even more attractive when the shrubs and hostas grow in more. I would certainly enjoy a cool swim in your pool and lounging with a good book.

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

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MsDebbieP

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posted 05-16-2011 09:22 AM

stately— that is a good word. Yes – this is stately. Love it.

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

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Mark

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posted 05-16-2011 10:58 AM

Wow – thank you all for the kind words, I really appreciate it!! :-)

My wife and I have been working on this whole area for over 2 years in total, and we’re finally ready to have a party, I think. (And maybe lounge with a good book too, Iris. And a glass of wine??) The landscaping is like the icing on the cake, though. Really softens everything – I’ve always loved landscaping. Especially trees.

Do any of you know, though: How big can I expect the Hostas to get year after year? They seem about twice as big now than they were last year at this time. Also, how long do they generally live?

-- Mark, Jersey Shore, http://www.all-about-the-house.com

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Iris43

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posted 05-16-2011 12:21 PM

A glass of wine? :) I’ll be there. lol

Depending on the kind of hosta you have, they can get nice and lush. I wouldn’t worry about them taking over anything. They will only get better and better.
How long do they live…...maybe forever. :)

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

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jroot

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posted 05-16-2011 04:32 PM

If you mean how big do they get width wise, the general rule is: plant one hosta and next year, you’ll have two. Leave it another year and you’ll have four. .... simple geometric progression. That is why they need thinning out every once in a while …. which reminds me, I have to do mine. LOL

How tall depends upon the variety. Some can get up to 4 feet tall, but others remain quite small. Find out what kind you have, and google the variety.

Your place looks wonderful. I might just have to come and visit. ... trunks and wine glass in hand, of course. LOL

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

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Cindy

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posted 05-16-2011 06:14 PM

How beautiful – the pool looks so cool and refreshing! I really like how you softened the geometry of the wonderful fence with curvy organic lines to the beds. I’m sure this will end up being everyone’s favorite place!

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

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Mark

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posted 05-16-2011 09:49 PM

Very interesting! I do want the hostas to be lush, and this year many will be touching each other which is terrific – but how does one thin out such a plant in the years to come? Is it as simple as peeling off some of the outer leaves early in the season down at ground-level, or am I completely off?? I can google, I know – but I much prefer asking the experts in this forum.

Thanks, again for all the feedback and advice!

-- Mark, Jersey Shore, http://www.all-about-the-house.com

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Sandra

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posted 05-17-2011 04:00 AM

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MsDebbieP

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posted 05-17-2011 05:22 AM

I’ve used a shovel to divide the plants… there’s probably a gentler way but I just dug in and cut the mass in two and transplanted the removed part. They survived so I guess that method works.

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

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 05-17-2011 05:51 AM

Your pool area looks lovely. I agree, the plants soften the lines and make it feel more relaxing.

When I have separated hosta plants, I dug up the entire clump and then used a sharp knife to divide them into separate clumps. I often find small, young plants around the base of the hostas that are easy to dig up and transplant, without any cutting required.

-- "...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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Mark

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posted 05-17-2011 10:51 AM

Thanks Debbie/FarmerGal -

This makes good sense, so I’ll just ask one more question: This is best done in the fall, I presume – after the plant goes completely dormant… or is it perhaps better in the very early spring after the last frost?

-- Mark, Jersey Shore, http://www.all-about-the-house.com

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MsDebbieP

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posted 05-17-2011 11:15 AM

I’ve always attacked them in the spring – but that’s because I have the energy then :) I always run out of steam by the fall.

I have also moved things in the middle of the summer because I have some vision that I can’t wait to unfold. I don’t think I have ever lost anything due to this “against the rules” timing.

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

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jroot

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posted 05-17-2011 12:00 PM

Many growers do it in the early spring, so now would be a good time. Of course they will take time to adjust.

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

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Mark

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posted 05-18-2011 07:12 AM

Great! Thanks again, everyone…

Now I have something else to add to next spring’s “to-do” list.

Or, well, maybe the spring after next. ;-)

-- Mark, Jersey Shore, http://www.all-about-the-house.com

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MsDebbieP

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posted 05-18-2011 07:58 AM

:D

priorities!! :)

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

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