Front Yard Complete (Almost) and Beautiful

The photos say it all.

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Before, the area in front of the Limelight hydrangeas needed mowing. I’m not fond of mowing especially in tight spaces.

Now, Double Red Knockout roses have replaced the lawn. No more mowing, continuous blooms of red, a light spicy fragrance and a neat and tidy look.
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That’s low maintenance at its best.

What I did was dig three holes and mix cow manure and peat moss into the soil that was removed from the hole. Run water into the hole to soak. Place the roses and return the amended soil mix around the plant and pat it in.

Then I placed a soaker hose to reach the crown of the roses and hydrangeas. Water the plants well. front1

The next step was to cover the grassy soil area with cardboard and then heavy duty landscape fabric. Why cardboard? To smother the grass and weeds and hold moisture in. I have done this before and know it will remain weed free for a decade.

20130831_4335Then I covered the landscape fabric with cedar mulch, which also lasts a long time.

I’m almost done. As the earth and mulch settle over the next couple of weeks, I will tweak the front bricks to be even and cover any bare spots that come through.

Then on to the next project….there’s always a next project, right?

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2 thoughts on “Front Yard Complete (Almost) and Beautiful

    • That’s the truth. I’m deciding between two now….The decision will be based on how ambitious I feel after I have my coffee. Haha

      The weather way help my decision….it just started pouring rain. Today looks like the day to try that ketchup recipe.

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