Saturday, August 26, 2017

Landscaping Experiments #DIYproject

Before removing the tree.
If there's one thing that I am not scared of tackling is doing some DIY landscaping experiments.  I love  gardening and I can do it all day long and do it again the next day without feeling tired.  When we first bought this new home a year ago, there was a big  crab apple tree in the front yard.  I liked that it provides  shade and cool win during the summer time but  the roots was  causing the  side walk concrete to pop out.
I talked my husband into removing it  but the thought of  digging the roots out made him not  want to do it but he  recognized the problem the roots are causing so he eventually agreed to remove it.  This was covered with grass so my first task was  removing it.  I used the  suds of grass  to cover the side of our garage  that does not have  grass so it wasn't wasted.

Crab apple is pretty during Spring when it blooms but I have issue with the seeds, they  grow everywhere in the yard which is annoying so I am so glad that we removed it.  We have all the tools that we needed to  cut it down and dig the roots out.  It was a lot of work and one of our neighbors even doubted that we will  get it done but we did, in two days!
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Removing the tree was the easy part, digging the roots out was the hardest.    They have huge roots underneath.  I asked my husband to  cut the  wood in pieces and I used it  as a boarder in our backyard.  I will  posty it the next time.
I planted some perennials once we got done digging the roots.  Why plant another tree, you might ask?  It is a dog wood tree and they don't grow  very big, as long as you keep it trimmed.  I love dogwood because they look beautiful during the Spring.
We used a lot of mulch doing this project but luckily, they were on sale when I did this project.
Thanks to my husband for taking these photos.
I love how it turned out.  Now, I don't have to deal with  dried  leaves blowing everywhere and new  crab apple popping out  in the yard.
Here are the kind of plants  that I  planted in our triangle  garden.   My husband love this Silver Mound Artemisia.  I  love how soft it is and that rabbits and deer doesn't like it.
This variegated Liriope has beautiful   purple  blooms during the summer and they are very easy to care for.  It's a great choice  to cover ground.
The Blue Star Juniper (Juniperus Squamata) has always been my favorite evergreen shrub.  It has a steel-blue foliage  that retains it's color all-year round, it makes a beautiful  shrub even on Winter times.
I I hope that this dog wood survive over the winter so I can see  its leaves turn  white  during the spring.  I wanted a pink dog wood but we didn't find one  around here.  I ordered one online but it never grew so I  didn't have a choice but to get the white one.
HOsta is always  my first pick when it comes to boarder plants.  They are very easy to care for although deer and rabbits love to eat its leaves and flowers.
I added a couple of annuals on the pots.  I also planted  Little Heath Peiris and  Compact Andora Juniper to complete the landscape.
I had to spray  deer repellent on the hostas because they keep eating them.
These are just some of my landscaping experiments.  My neighbor  always compliments us of how our  garden looks which makes me happy.  I will post some more DIY  garden projects we made next time.  

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Candysfarmhousepantry said...

Talk about great curb appeal. You took something ugly and turned it into something beautiful.

Jeannette said...

Wow you did a great job! I could hire you to do my backyard which is all dirt at this point. I can't wait to see how it grows and flourishes!

Anosa Malanga said...

It is a shame that eventually y'all had to cut down the apple tree but can definitely appreciate why. Luckily our apple tree is in the backyard where it causes less havoc.

Lisa said...

I can only imagine the work involved with removing the roots from the tree. But the finished project looks great.

Franc said...

It's a good project and definitely makes the backyard a lot more attractive. We can do the planting part to make the world a lot better.

Liz Mays said...

Wow, great job on this project! I can see how starting it could be intimidating. This is really inspiring for some of the work I want to do on my yard.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

Oh wow how amazing does your garden look! I have to admit I don't have the landscaping touch I would love for someone to come over and do it for me though.

AiringMyLaundry said...

It looks fantastic! I wish I were better with yard work. I never know what I'm doing.

Lisa Marie said...

I love the stone work you did... how it borders everything and keeps it all tied in. Looks really great!

Jenny Finney said...

Love your yard and sounds like a lot of work! Two things I always have in my yard is Hostas (so easy to grow and care for) and monkey grass.

Jennifer EngineerMommy said...

As a homeowner, we realized what a big difference a great landscape has made. It's so important to put the time in to get a nice lawn.

Parent Palace said...

Wow, you went to a lot of work to get that tree out! But the "after" is so gorgeous it was definitely worth it!

Mimicutelips said...

This looks beautiful, you did a great job. I like that the entire family gets in on some of the action. You have some new curb appeal.

Dogvills said...

Good job! I love how your triangular garden turned out. Happy that you and your family worked together on this project.

Annemarie LeBlanc said...

Wow. That was one big project you and your family had to tackle. I mean cutting down a whole tree! Anyway, I think your triangle garden looks better now. It will look even prettier once the plants have grown a bit more.

LaShawn said...

Wow this looks lovely! it looks like it was a lot of work, but i love how it turned out!

Cassie Tucker said...

I think your experiment was a complete success! I love how it turned out. It looks so festive!

Lena B said...

Nice looking corner you experimented with. I absolutely love the result

adriana nudo said...

Wow it came out great! I love a good DIY project, especially around the house! Loving the end product and how clean and beautiful it looks!

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