Shade Garden Makeover
I've done several garden makeovers at our little fixer upper home that we purchased a few years ago, but this Shade Garden Makeover is definitely my favorite one yet. Let's get started.
This is how the area looked when we moved in. Not completely hideous like some of the other areas I have worked over. We did like the fire pit area, but not all the junk wood in the corner that was left by the previous owners.
A few weeks after we moved in, I did start the process of killing off the grass and weeds by laying down cardboard and layering it with grass and leaf clippings. Also later in the summer and fall, I plopped in some hostas that I had rescued from full sun areas in the yard. The following spring, more hostas were added. I then moved on to other projects and ignored this area all last summer. This is one of those projects that went from looking okay to looking pretty bad before it got better.
First of all we did lots of clean up in this area, like trimming the lilac bushes and hauling away the wood piles. And an overall, good weeding of the entire area. Next, we used our handy little tiller to break up the very compacted soil around the top of the fire pit area. Then we removed a couple of inches of soil to level the area out.
We then added landscape fabric as a weed barrier, just to the area where the pea gravel would go. Next came a border of field stones to separate the mulched, planted area from the seating area. Then we added a good layer of pea gravel and a good layer of mulch to the plant area.
And this is exactly what I had envisioned. We couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out, and are looking forward to some bonfires this fall.
For more details and pictures, please pop over to my blog and check out the entire story. https://ginghamgardens.com/2018/06/28/shade-garden-makeover/
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