With all the garden pictures I've been seeing here, I got to longing for my summer yard! Here are some pictures of my summertime. I have no room in my house for new decorating anymore, so it's the outside now!
This is a "warning" post. I had planted a row of these about 4 years ago, with the intention of blocking out the neighbor behind us. Our 6 foot privacy fence, on a slope, was only about 5 feet in reality. True to their information, they do grow extremely fast and provide excellent privacy. Within 3 years they were about 15 feet tall.
Unfortunately, we spent last summer trying to exterminate them. The roots are VERY invasive. I found a
root up against our above ground pool, and my pool means much more to me than privacy. I didn't need roots poking up through the vinyl liner.
The way we got rid of them was to cut them down, and then spend the entire summer applying TORDON stump killer to the shoots. There were shoots everywhere, even 15 feet up into the yard, in every direction. The drought we had last year was a blessing in disguise for us, because it helped in preventing more roots, since they like water. Tordon works fantastically in immediately killing the shoot.
So, if you like these and want to plant, I would suggest you do it out on the back 40 where it won't bother anything.
Commented on Feb 10, 2013
We had bamboo in our yard for years. The dang stuff grew everywhere!! Spread like wild fire
and we are still pulling them up every summer. Worse thing ever but we didn't plant them our neighbor did on our border. VERY invasive as are morning glories but they were easier to control once we began taking off all the seed pods in the fall and picking up any we saw on the ground. We have 3 butterfly bushes and so far have had no problem.
Recently gave my kitchen a makeover - Used existing 1960s cabinets, and the power of paint to give it a fresh new look! LOTS more before and after pics on the blog post: http://naptimedecorator.blogspot.com/2012/06...
i dont know what to do with these floors!!!!!! too much white tile!! should i paint them or pull them up or what?
Commented on Aug 16, 2012
Painting would become a nightmare as it will wear and chip off. Tearing them up, depending on
how they are sealed could take a LOT of work and mess. You could put a "floating laminate floor" over them or just some simple area rugs. Whatever works best for you is what matters. I love the floating laminate floor and it lasts for yrs! It is practically indestructible. Good luck in whatever you decide!