Lavonne Flynn Backyard November 29th, 2018 - 01:47:05
This raised bed is taking up a lot of usable space. Maybe we could pop this out and create a patio a sitting area over here. It does get Sun later in the afternoon on this side. So that's good. We could take and remove all this grass prep the soil right, fertilize it and give you a nice green area with some sod and you think it'll grow. Oh, it will with that Sun. Now, with this fence coming around, we could use that as a backdrop for some really nice plants. The first thing we want to do is get rid of these brick. Then I'm ordered in place. So I just want you to take them to toss them in the wheelbarrow and get them out of here now, with a brick gone, I'm gonna use this transplanting shovel to pop these daylilies out and hopefully we'll use them in our planting later now. If you just take this, put it right in the wheelbarrow we'll put them outside in the storm. Well, that looks great looking bigger already, absolutely all right, Joe see. What we want to do over here is: we want to strip the grass off of this area, so I want you to take the transplant and shovel and now we're going to use it to grub out all the grass. Now your soil is really compact and full of roots. What we want to do is dig down and turn the soil over. That's going to loosen it up and allow the roots of the new sod and plants we're going to put in to grow all right.
Now. It's time to amend the soil, we're going to add an inch or two with this local compost spread it right over the top. Now you can start tilling it rate it and turn it right in with your shovels all right now, with that raised bed gone, we have a proper seating area where we could put a table and chairs and to make that seating area we're going to use this Pea gravel, it's going to be a good surface, but in order to accommodate that surface I had to dig down two or three inches deep and when I did, I found this drain pipe running through. So we're going to have to be careful of that. But before we do anything, we're going to take and put some fabric in here and that fabric is going to separate the stone from the dirt underneath, so it doesn't turn on in the mud so grab that spread it out. I take it all the way to the edge all right grab me that piece of steel, edging behind you all right and we're going to lay this down. You can see, I cut a notch in the steel edging, so it'll fit right down over the pipe. So I'm just going to unfold the fabric and we'll set the steel edging down in place. How does it look down there good? What does this T legend gonna do for us? It's gonna keep all the stone on the patio where we want it all right now, if you take one of those stakes and put it in the slot, drive it right down through it'll, hold the steel and fabric to good. I just dump that right in stay on the walk stay in the walk there, you go all right, Josie, just spread it out, just two to three inches. Stick he'll, bring you some more and then we'll spread the rest all right. Let's recap for a second keeping.
The concrete walks yeah we've got a stone in for a seating area. So now it's time to talk about plants, and the first thing I wanted to do is I wanted to put in a holly to block this alleyway. Now, that's a beautiful plant. It's going to have red berries in it and the fall in front of it. I'm going to use this spiraea called limelight. It has a pinkish purple flower on it and looks at the shot rose color now in the corner, we're tight. So I wanted to use a fast it plant. That's a plant, that's going to grow upright, not wide! So I chose this skip law then we'll put another spire ear underneath it over in the corner. We really wanted a specimen tree, so we chose this Japanese red maple. Now, let's think that going to get pretty big, it will under perfect conditions. It could get 30 or 40 feet tall, but here in the corner of your little guide and it's not going to grow that fast, you may have to do a little bit of yearly pruning on it. But I think it's worth it to have a statement like this in the corner. Now every god needs some drama. So for your garden, I brought a weeping. Norway spruce. You still have the cones on it. Look at the new growth coming out and look at the shape on that plant. How cool I really like that? Well, let's get some plants in the ground all right! take a whack the side of this.
First, all right, I'm gonna lift up on it, taking it down to the pot, get it now. You notice that the plant is slightly higher than the area around it. It's very important. We don't want to plant too low Josie. If you throw some of that compost on the soil in the back now we're just going to take it to mix the compost in and then just backfill the plant. That's looking good! So this guy's ready for some water. Now I'm going to give all these plants a good soaking, then I want you to put down a two to three inch layer of mulch: that's going to keep the weeds down but, more importantly, it's going to hold that moisture in the soil so taking to all the plants and make sure you don't cover them up Josie the mulch looks great especially that curve, and this is where we're going to put that little spot of sod. Before we put the sod down, I want to put some state fertilizer down, we'll just take and rake that in lightly and then we're ready to put down the grass all right. Now we want to take and tuck this right in so that we can't see the seam. That's there. I'm going to do is take a knife and I'm going to cut a nice little graceful curve. All the way down here. I'm going to take this piece and see if it'll fit in that hole. We have down the end down there. So what do you think? Oh, I think it's great what a difference I mean this morning we came here. We had basically nothing. Now we have beautiful landscaping and a great seating area.