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#1 michelle OFFLINE  

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 11:06 AM

Working on some landscaping around the house. This is my first experience with it, so I know I have plenty to learn.

Before:
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Adam's tractors came in useful to pull out the bushes.
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Replaced a few of the rotten railroad ties.
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Laid out how I wanted my "free" Hostas and Daylilies.
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Planted some Hostas in another section near the house.
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More to come but I need more dirt!

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 01:50 PM

Looks good, Hostas like shade.

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 05:04 PM

Looking good Michelle! I don't know much about plants, but I'm learning as I go too. There's usually a "stake" in the potted plants that you can buy at a nursery or greenhouse that tell you the basics about where / when to plant and how to care for and nourish that particular plant. I've not tried it, but I'm sure that there are plenty of resources on the web too!

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 05:24 PM

Looks A Whole lot better than the Bushes, Doing a Great Job.

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 05:29 PM

I hated the bushes. I don't have the patience to trim them properly and when I did attempt to trim them, I butchered them. I also didn't like the roots being so close to the foundation of the garage. I'm sure they were great for sucking up the rain water, but I saw more downsides than upsides.

Finished planting the rest today. We have the red mulch in the front. I should probably fill in between the plants, right? I heard with these kind of plants, in time, they will fill in areas quite well.

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 05:40 PM

Hastas will spread voraciously after they become well established! It will likely take a few years, but multiply they will!

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 06:12 PM

Looks like you did a nice job so far. It looks better now.

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 06:30 PM

Looks really good Michelle. I don't have any bushes anymore,either. The birds were becoming troublesome in them. Hostas and day lilies are great choices. They grow and multiply. You can't beat free plants. :thumbs:

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 06:33 PM

Bushes were too close to the house anyway! As long as they have shade &/or moisture, hostas will do well. I have some that are not in afternoon shade, but in a moist area, they get along fine. ~~ Lowell

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 06:35 PM

Good move Michelle, those bushes were way too close to the house for their potential size.(I was working on mine when Lowell posted his) Looks real nice after :thumbs: wont be long you will have some flowers blooming.

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 06:43 PM

I agree with caseguy. When I divide my hostas, the new ones grow into a 2 ft. diameter in the 2nd year. It may look like you need to fill in the spaces now, but, that won't last for long. Lilies of the Valley make a nice accent. They are small and look nice scattered around them. But, hey it is your garden. I'm always dividing, reconfiguring and gifting plants. It is a cheap thing to do, when you already have numerous plants.
Keep us posted.

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 09:01 PM

Thanks for the advice and comments! Some of my students suckered me into buying some plants/bulbs from their boy scout fundraisers. I'll get those in the next week or so and make a plan for them using that space. I'll take some pictures tomorrow - definitely looks better!

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 09:42 PM

I too got rid of the bushes and trees that were around my house. Now we have day lillies. Yours are looking good, alot better than the bushes.

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Posted April 12, 2012 - 01:14 PM

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Quick photo with my phone. Hope all the plants perk up soon!

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Posted April 13, 2012 - 08:12 AM

Hi Michelle,

I give my lilies a drink of water every few days after transplanting. After about 2 weeks, they should be fine and adjusted to the new environment. By then, they should be carefree. The best kind of plants anyone could ask for.
Thanks for sharing your project.




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