Together we placed the plants in position considering appropriate distances between the house and the plants and between the plants themselves. Ultimately the plants in back grow larger than the ones in front.
Holes were dug to accommodate the plants.
Then Charlie filled the holes with water.
He shoveled some of his well-rotted compost into each hole.
The bushes were removed from their pots and the roots separated. The shrubs were put in their holes and covered with dirt.
By the end of Saturday the left-hand half of the foundation planting was finished.
Together we set up the plants for the right hand side of the yard which Charlie plans to start digging today.
Second, the concrete footer from the old front stoop.
He dug up most of the footer then turned his attention to the ground wire.
I suggested he use some old hose to wrap the wire just in case someone decided to dig in the front bed. He totally disagreed with me. He wanted to cover the wire with chards of concrete block. I thought that would be a mess.
Charlie’s disclaimer was that he could easily cut through a garden hose with a shovel. I suggested he give it a try before he dismissed the idea out-of-hand.
He discovered that a garden hose is a very difficult item to cut through. So he slit the hose lengthwise using both a utility knife and my heavy-duty scissors and then wrapped each piece of wire.
Bringing wheelbarrows full of dirt from the back yard, he filled in the area and graded the entire front of the house so water would flow away from the foundation and around the house from left to right.
The plants were also delivered so we quickly placed them in the position of the original plan. By the weekend I’m sure we will have moved them a dozen times to finalize their placement.
Do you seed or plant in the fall? Or wait until spring?
I visited for a second time the nursery Charlie and I looked through back at the beginning of August.
This time I was ready to use their free sketch up service and to order plants.
At a round table in a small room I met with a young man who used his plant template to draw plant outlines on my measured ground plan.
For each shape I gave a suggestion of what I wanted to use in the space. Sometimes he agreed and sometimes he told me growing habits that might preclude using my choice in a certain spot.
When we were finished I was given the sketch with a list of plant possibilities.
4 Green Velvet boxwood
6 Helleri Japanese holly
2 Witchita blue junipers
3 Golden Thread false cypress
3 Blue Star juniper
12 Blue Rug juniper
Then two other men led me around the nursery yard to pick out the exact plants I wanted. The total came to just under $600.
In my vision the front of the house will have a tighter symmetrical planting than the sides and back. Note that my colors are blue, green, and yellow. There are no reds, pinks, or oranges in the mix. Those colors are in other parts of the yard.
Toward the side porch the plantings loosen up a bit in drifts as opposed to lines.
When the plants are delivered next week I can rearrange them as I like. I’m excited to get this project in the ground.
Do you do your own landscaping or hire someone to finish the job?