Love my backyard, but after a rainstorm it turns into a lake! I've decided to completely get rid of the grass and transform it into a beautiful, peaceful flower garden retreat. I will not
only be adding soil to the low spots which will help redirect the water, but I will create a beautiful space where I would much rather spend my time with the flowers and plants than cutting the grass :) Huge undertaking, but I am psyched up for it!
So far, I have used some "lasagna gardening" techniques- covered all of the grass (and weeds!) with newspaper, cardboard or paper yard refuse bags. Second step, top that with garden soil mix. I am waiting until I'm sure there are no more frost advisories before I start to plant my flowers and vines. I've started collecting the seedlings I'm going to plant as well as growing some from seeds. (I've got an ENTIRE back yard to fill with flowers!!!) I've been planning my secret garden layout and I can't wait until I can actually start planting my flowers! Wish me luck!
Commented on May 10, 2013
You can go right through the bags/newspaper if your new soil isn't deep enough. You can use a
pointed shovel or a knife to cut through. If you still have a really wet spot, plant bog type plants or native ones that prefer damp soil. or make a rain garden in that spot, which will add visual interest.
I am trying to figure out what to do with this 100 year old carriage house in my backyard. It has a huge room with a huge sliding door on each side. I've included pictures of the house,
the rest of my backyard and the inside of the carriage house (please excuse the mess....I don't know what to do with all of this outdoor stuff). I am thinking some kind of covered eating area or hot tub destination...but it is rather far from the house. There are lights and electricity in all rooms of the house and off the main room is another room that has cabinets and and another room that is a horse stall. It is an awesome place but I need assistance on how to incorporate it into my landscaping! I'm in Alabama by the way. Help???!!!
Commented on May 30, 2012
The first thing you should do is check the zoning regulations for your area. there may be
limitations on what you can and can't do. Otherwise, a beautiful outdoor eating area with a hot tub sound wonderful.
My mother had these growing in her yard when she moved into her house...I took a cutting...and they grow like crazy! I just love their miniature "clematis/passion flower" looking blooms...but I would sure like to know what they are!