Donna S
Donna S
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Asked on Apr 14, 2012

Landscape question...

Mary SpellsFlowerscapes Garden Design & LandscapingJohn W
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I posted a bit ago about clearing the whole garden and sodding over. Now, after seeing that that would be WAY too expensive, I think I may just try and work with what I have. I think I may just cut everything down to the stumps and clean the weeds. Then, see what comes back and prune it. There are a couple of unintended trees that some squirrels planted. I think I can remove them relatively easily. The rest I can trim.
Has anyone done this and does it sound reasonable?
13 answers
  • Walter Reeves
    on Apr 15, 2012

    If you'll post some pix we can get a better idea of what you face.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Apr 15, 2012

    Yes, please post a picture. Cutting everything down may not be the best approach.

  • Donna S
    on Apr 15, 2012

    here's the project. I wanted to cut it all down and sod over. It would cost too much money. Hubby suggested we cut it back and uproot everything over time. We've done it once, but it grew back even worse than it was originally. I have no clue what to do with this, but it is an eyesore.

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  • Debi M
    on Apr 15, 2012

    I like your plan of just cleaning up and pruning back. It is a lot of work, but so is removing all of it and sodding.. You may find that you can add little conversation areas to your existing yard (seating for reading or conversation) or a small flower garden or even a little bird sanctuary ( a couple of bird houses and a bench) I've been working on our yard doing things like this for 6 years. We've added a courtyard from found items a desert area, a patio and a deck. Little by little we are getting the yard we want without spending a fortune. Good luck, looking forward to seeing what you do

  • Walter Reeves
    on Apr 15, 2012

    The pix aren't quite close enough to make out what the plants are. Can you get a little closer for us? I agree that the shrubs are too big....but maybe some are best pruned back and some are best ripped out. Need to know what they are before venturing an opinion.

  • Donna S
    on Apr 18, 2012

    It turns out that hubby wants to clear cut and remove everything (except the tree) and mulch or sod over.

  • Debi M
    on Apr 19, 2012

    LOL, well if hubby wants to do the work, good for him!

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Apr 19, 2012

    The center island looks like it has a nice shape and would probably add to your curb appeal if it had appropriate plants in it.

  • John W
    on May 3, 2012

    Yes Donna! as a Horticulturist I prefer that to just grass !

  • I love to start with a clean slate. Just don't let hubby go near anything with a chain saw if his favorite team lost or he just lost an ALTA match. lol. Keep us posted and we can suggest some great replacement plants or flowers when needed.

  • Mary Spells
    on Oct 4, 2012

    Gee I wish someone had told me not to purchase sod Fescue in May. Three days it died!! I did not know it was the wrong time of year ..Fescue is a cool season grass and should be installed then.

  • Mary, I am thinking that if your fescue died in three days it might have already been half dead when it was installed. Was it rolled with a water filled roller to ensure proper contact for the roots with the ground? Did you water it three times per day, 20-30 minutes each time? Or was it in an area that needed less water? 3 days in does not make any sense. Could there still have beeb active round up on the ground from weed clearing? Too much fertilizer that burned the roots? Overspray of weed killer from a neighbor or you? I have planted fescue in the heat of Hotlanta without a problem, although I prefer to do so in spring or fall.

  • Mary Spells
    on Feb 3, 2013

    Thanks for replying. I have overseeded my lawn and it seems to be coming back. I won't know until spring..keeping my fingers crossed though

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