I replaced brown grass & mud with a raised flower bed, patio & flower beds. Nearly every plant benefits the butterfly, as it is either a nectar or host plant. I added a walkway and white
rocks for a clean look & to make it really pop. All of the hard work is worth it to me when I get compliments from friends & neighbors passing by.
Commented on Jun 25, 2012
Here is another compliment! I love the garden. I have 14 dwarf butterfly bushes in various
gardens around my house, as well as other host plants. Unfortunately, due to all the construction near my home (subdivisions being built everywhere) I still don't see as many butterflies as I would like.
I would say this was a makeover but that wouldn't do this project justice!
Here in New England, we don't condemn homes, we call them historic. When we stumbled upon
this house we knew it would be a rescue mission. With no plumbing, heat and very little outdated electricity, it was suitable for the bees and squirrels, but not for humans. After almost six years of living in a construction site, our hard work is done! The decorating may never end, but the construction has!
Commented on Jun 23, 2012
From the "before" to the "after", must have been an incredible journey. It is absolutely
Don't let grass grow beneath your trees. Grass competes fiercely for available water and will slow the growth of trees, especially newly planted ones. For instance, if the growth of a
tree is reduced by 20 percent for one year because of grass competition, the growth automatically is 20 percent less during the second year's growth. Grass competition alone reduces tree and shrub growth by as much as 50 percent.
Commented on Jun 14, 2012
I have about 2 feet from the trunk. Tree is doing very well so I guess this is far enough. I
banked my mulch about 2" high and then tapered it out to the edge of circle, but I think I heard somewhere that this is not a good idea.
What would be a reasonable charge for such service. Am in Denver. CO.
Commented on Jun 07, 2012
RIP OFF! Charged me over $1000 to do about 16 vents. Said it would more than likely be the
cause of my allergies. It wasn't. I am in Ga. the allergy capital of the U.S....and beware if they stick a camera up vent to show you mold in the ducts. Some companies have a film of a moldy duct that you are looking at. Make sure you have a reputable company. Caviat Emptor (or however you spell it)
I used 2 different size Rhubarb Leaves, but they need to be large.
You will need a large table, large pieces of plastic. Play sand I am not sure how much, but a large bag. Place the plastic bag flat on the table. Take the sand and form it making a dome. It will need to be enough for the leaf to cover. Sand should be heaved up in the center.
Place the leaf over the sand, leaf should be out
to the edge of the sand. Place leaf so that you are looking at the veins. Vein side up. If you tear it you can patch with another leaf. You will notice in the center of my picture Ii have an indention in mine. You don't have to do this step but I made these as butterfly puddler's and this held the sand. If you want to do this step I used a small round plastic butterbowl, and cut a round hole in the leaf towards the top of the leaf, and pressed the bowl into the sand to form the indention. Make sure you cut the leaf to fit the bowl only, and no more.
You will need a 40 lb the bag of concrete mix. Do not use with stone in it. Mix the concrete mix, should look like thick cookie dough . Start placing on the leaf, placing and pressing as you go. Follow the pattern of the leaf. When you are done cover with plastic and allow to cure for several days. When it is dry turn over and start to remove the leaf, pulling out the vein. I found by washing down with the hose it made the job easier. You can now paint using outdoor acrylic paint. You can purchase at craft stores. I used green and red. Started with the green and than added red. I did water the paint down to get it to flow across the leaves and go into the veins. Keep doing this until you reach desired color.
. My husband built the frame using plastic plumbing pipe, and the holes for the pump water lines he used by drilling into the leaf with a stone drill bit. Do this step after your frame is set up so you can see just where you want them to go.
I made many of these leaves including with other nicely shaped large leaves. You may want to try this first on smaller leaves just for the practice. Hope this helps enjoy your project.