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    The start of my new back yard :

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    now I can add carpenter to my list of job titles.
    only half done so far.
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    what's next?
    wish I had some energy - my backyard is a jungle
    when kids all gone - thinking of going 'sanctuary' back there - putting in fountains and benches
    if you have a line on some good how-to books - please advise!
    looks like you are still in 'kid' mode! good luck!

    (I am SO very pleased to have mostly finished the raising of mine! - just a few more years of university for mine)
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    hey em i bought this lil book at lowes ~ a lil excerpt from the family handyman...its for paths & patios way cool stuff...from uber easy to major pain in the rumplestiltskin...LOL
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    Just about done. A mom with very young bunnies decided to live under the ramp already so we now need to be extra careful where we walk and place wood down. I have splinters in spots I can't reach right now.

    Trying to find my cable to load pics off my phone onto my puter.
    It's missing now.
    KIDS!!!

    I have a little while to go here em. Oldest will finish her last year at university this time next year. She moved into her first apartment down in Pittsburgh on June 1. And son will finish his last year in high school this time next year.

    So when I finally grow up and go out on my own I want a tiny shack on a white beach where flip flops will be my formal wear!
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    Quote Originally Posted by backgammonbob View Post
    what's next?
    wish I had some energy - my backyard is a jungle
    As a former landscaper/homeowner/cheap s.o.b., I can tell you this much about back yard sanctuaries: START SMALL.

    Pick a little corner. Just do that one corner. Put in somewhere to sit first. Then sit there. "Soak up" the atmosphere before you put anything else in it. Let the area talk to you--do you want water? Would a fountain or pond work? How about shade? Is there enough? Privacy? Want more or less? Let it tell you what to do. Then do the "bones" of it first: if you need a hill, or a rock garden, move those things into the area first. Then gradually fill in the spaces between with complimentary foliage and flowers. Do water features on a very small scale at first, then you can expand them later.

    The thing that stops most people is that yards are such big projects. If you break them down into smaller areas, you can easily landscape a larger area in a faster time frame and get it done relatively painlessly.

    Go to your public library and check out several books on landscape design; the good ones will have the names of the flowers shown in each picture and the ZONES they thrive in. If they don't, try another book. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to find plants that aren't even available in your zone or that only grow in warmer climates...or cooler.

    Almost everything can be grown in a container. That makes it (a) easier to move and (b) easier to change! Don't discount herbs--they're pretty, they require almost no care after planting, they are all different looking, and they smell wonderful--AND they're useful! Some of the prettiest ones are lavender, french thyme, oregano, tarragon, and sage. All are perennial--they'll last for 30 years or more if properly cared for. AND...they LOVE containers! (In fact, you may NEED to put them in containers--they tend to spread.)

    Try different types of things--annuals, mosses, bulbs, trees, even weeds. If you have an old antique washtub, for instance, plant something trailing in it, and feature it prominently. Place other plants around it, or rocks. Half-bury it in the dirt, and use it as a sort of "mini-terrace". Plant things in terra-cotta drain pipes half-buried in the ground. Or in plastic bowls. Or old wastebaskets. Group things together in multiples instead of having one of each.

    Look at the plants growing around your home now--do any of them bloom? Are they attractive? Would they be pretty in small clumps? Sometimes you can use what's already there to landscape your areas and not worry about purchasing anything new.

    Pay attention to the areas that get rained on and where the water goes. These are important--extremely so--to the ecology of your yard and even your city/county/state. Ask your local county extension service about "Rain Gardens" which utilize rain runoff to cleanse the groundwater and waste-water in your city. Some cities will even give you $$ for planting certain plants that do this. The extension service also may have classes on tree-planting, recommended landscaping plants, etc. My city garden club gave free classes in a lot of things like this--I learned how to make hypertufas at one--and still have the one I made at the class. Hypertufas are really really COOL planters that are made from dry-mix cement and peat moss, and are decorated with rocks and leaves--they absorb water to cool roots and make excellent landscape planters! Let me know if you want the "recipe". If you like, I'll also post my directions on making a rain-chain--a downspout alternative--for next to no $$. (google them--they're beautiful!)

    Don't be in a big hurry to finish. Most mistakes are made by digging up large areas, then running out of money to do what you want. If you start and finish little areas, one at a time, you'll have the whole thing done a lot sooner, and it won't kill you!
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    damn woman. your good. copied and saved for future reference.
    tyvm!


    I have always been ambitious in planting perennials. Just like when building: measure twice, cut once! I say plant once and keep it nice.

    I have carried every perennial I have ever planted in my life to my new home. So I have a piece of every place I have lived. It's the last thing I box up every time I have moved.

    But I have been so busy with life my back yard is now a jungle. EVERYTHING needs splitting, thinning, etc.

    So what you posted is good food for thought in getting things back into shape and continuing the saga of getting the yard to where I envisioned it to be.

    Wouldn't it be nice to have a plant exchange at the reunion? If you want to participate bring starters from your yard and exchange them. Then when they grow you can be reminded of your tweleve community.

    Just a thought.

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    dats ..alot of plants?
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    wow! love the feedback! unexpected and detailed and practical!!!! thanks all
    I do like the idea of plants exchange but not sure I have enough green thumb to accomplish it - I have lilacs - and have made some successful cuttings of that before - not sure the right time though - hard to remember - used to get my yard advice from an elderly neighbor - but she has passed and left me at a loss at times when it comes to yard!
    taking heed - have stuck a few coleus in and am watching for a while - have a sky chair on the way - had a start of a sanctuary from a few years back so do have some bones to dig out here! had forgotten most of it was buried - digging out now - am newly inspired!!!
    will try to get some pics tomorrow if sun is out! can do before and durings - not sure I'll ever finish though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hollidaze39 View Post
    dats ..alot of plants?
    Not really. I just always saved the individual pots from any annuals I got and stored them. When I moved I'd dig up one pot of the small ones and bagged one or two bulbs or bagged one of anything bigger. I have some giant sized hostas (frances williams I think) and three other varieties. The first one I had was back in Maryland in 1979. I've only moved twice since then so digging up one and splitting it to the new addy along with the other plants is really no problem. I have about 15 perennials that I have moved thru the years.
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    Plant exchange....hmmm...we might--MIGHT, mind you (I don't really know)--get stopped by park people for bringing plants into the state that aren't grown there. I don't know if we'd actually be allowed to bring them, even if we take them home. That's how the Emerald Ash Borer actually spread--by plants that were transported across state lines. Just a thought. (Though I love the idea of a plant exchange, actually.) We should at least find out if we're permitted to bring in plants or cuttings.

    It's probably not a problem, but just in case....
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