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Rejuvenating Your Garden-The Final Steps

Cleaning out the overgrown shrubs, we left the Bamboo and Alocasia, adding flowers, containers and an old oil jar for a new look.

In the last few blog posts, I’ve been talking about rejuvenating an older garden. We’ve looked at some of the items you need to consider before pulling out the first plant. We’ve also talked about what changes in your landscape when you rejuvenate, or maybe a new landscape is a better fit for your needs.

Now all of your homework is done and you’ve decided to go ahead and give new life to an old landscape. So, let’s discuss some of the methods you can use to create the landscape you can love again.

  1. The easiest, most cost effective way to rejuvenate your garden is often the most over looked: CLEAN IT UP! It sounds so simple, but giving your beds the care they need will also improve the appearance. Trim and shape your shrubs, clean out the old plant debris, feed with proper fertilizer and make sure all the plants are getting the irrigation they should get to grow and thrive.
  2. Pick the oldest, overgrown, unattractive plants and start replacing. You can use the same plants, or take this opportunity to try something new.
  3. Add color and interest. Pick a plant with unusual texture, add a patch of annual color, add a flowering shrub where you had a non-flowering one.
  4. Change your bed line. Add a curve to a straight bed. Widen the bed to include a close-by tree (this will make mowing easier too),
  5. Create interest within the planting bed. A fountain, statuary, container filled with color, a chair to relax in. If your area is big enough, consider a pathway to allow you to meander through the greenery.
  6. Add hardscaping. This could be a section of gravel, a small seating area with pavers, a stone rockery or raised planting area, a concrete bench or a swing .
  7. Add landscape lighting. Focus on the larger plants, or an special plant you want to draw attention to. If you’ve created a pathway or added a seating area, add ground lighting.

Victoria LK Williams

Botanical Concepts

Posted in gardening, The Southern Garden

Considerations before Rejuvenating

Considerations before Rejuvenating your landscape

We’ve been busy working our magic in the garden, but I haven’t forgotten about this subject that we started.

In the first part of this series, we asked why to rejuvenate your garden. Now we’re going to briefly go over a few consideration you need to think about before proceeding. You may find a few items overlap. That’s okay, it just proves how important each point is.

Ready? Alright then, here we go…

1. Before you can make any changes, it is going to be important to know WHY you’re making them. In other words—what are your landscape goals? Are you trying to refresh your old landscape? Or create an entirely different look? Does your landscape need to serve a more functional purpose?

This re-landscape was created for screening and hiding the view behind

2. What role do you want the plants in your landscape to achieve? Hide a view, provide shade, define your property line?

3. Is your current landscape meeting your landscape goals? Is the hedgerow along the property line still a thick, lush wall of greenery? Has the tree grown enough to provide you with cooling shade, or is it at the point where there is too much shade, and you can’t get anything to grow under it?

4. Has your purpose for the planting changed over the years? For example, the shorter shrubbery you planted may now need to be replaced with taller plants because a new building has gone up next door that you don’t want to see.

5. Has the growth of the plants or the needs of your yard usage changed the access to the area you want to do new plantings? Have the larger trees in the area grown so much that you will be adding new plants into a mass of roots from that tree?

6. Will making any changes to your landscape interfere with the relationship you have with your neighbor? Talking neighborly over the fence can quickly change if you remove a large tree that was the shading sitting area your neighbor enjoyed.

7. What is your landscape budget? Have you even made one? When you do, be sure to include all aspects of the renovations: plants, materials, and labor.

8. Do you plan on doing the work yourself or hiring a professional landscaper? You need to know what your physical limitations are—don’t forget, landscaping is physical labor!

New bed line, color and texture

It is essential, no critical, that you have at the very least, given these items some thought and planning. You may find that you need to do this work in phases. Be sure to ask for help from your local garden center when you’re ready to start any planting.

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