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Landscaping Ideas?!

Discussion in 'Lawns & Landscaping' started by Starlight4leah, May 3, 2016.

  1. May 4, 2016
    baymule

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    Starlight4leah

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    Our landlord is fine with it,mthey actually hate the bushes that are there now and said to just rip them out. That is a really good idea with the archway. Thank you so much.
     
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    Starlight4leah

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    We are actually in the process of purchasing the house, and the landlord is ok with everything, as we have already discussed it. Thank you for your advice.
     
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    Starlight4leah

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    Smart Red

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    What fun! Having a relatively empty palette to plant is something I love thinking about.
     
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    ducks4you

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    Start slow. Take care of the lawn and any existing plantings by pruning.
    Become a master mower and learn when to NOT mow, like right after it has rained.
    Read up on local weeds and learn to control them! You are almost in the tropical zone, and there are scads of plants that YOU can have as a perennial that will die in my Illinois winters. There are Also plenty of perennials that do ok where I live, BUT will become invasive where YOU live. You might also be able to keep vegetables growing year round, like tomatoes. I know that my SIL, who lived in FL, used tomato plants outside of the bathroom window, instead of curtains.
    If you want a plant, Read UP on it! I am ripping out my two thorned blackberry bushes. They spread and the thorns hurt and the birds have been getting ALL of the fruit! The zone 8 cally lily that I bought for my DD's yard will be just an annual, but it could be a perennial at your new property.
    MAKE yourself read the tags on the plants that you buy.
    Your local University AG Extension office can really be helpful in guiding your purchases. They will tell you what are local native plants, and those are virtually carefree. Plants from other continents can make you babysit them, and then up and die on you.
    Enjoy! Gardening is never ending...and that's what makes it fun.
     
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    Starlight4leah

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    Here is what our yard is looking like so far! We have made our garden for this year, as it is just a small one, we got solar powered lights, windmills, bird feeders, and lots of flowers that were all on sale. We only had enough material to finish one half of the porch and we still have to get two more stones for the one side, but it is coming g along beautifully. Pictures do not do it justice. Our garden has 2 1/2 rows of zucchini, 2 bell peppers, 2 cucumbers, 3 rows of tomatoes, and 2 rows of squash. Next year we are making a much bigger one out in the side yard, and plan to have fruit, and many more veggies. We were lucky to only have spent around $35-40 on all of the veggies, and there was 3-5 flats of veggies. We got all of the flowers for %50 off or more. We are very very happy with what it is looking like compared to before, it really needed this 'pick me up.'
     

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    ninnymary

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    Everything looks beautiful! Good job! Love how you didn't spend much.

    Mary
     
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    Smart Red

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    Looking good, Starlight4leah! You should be proud.
     
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    ducks4you

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    I like how you put newspaper down for your vegetable bed. I am doing the same with cardboard this year.
     

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