Channel 7: How to Make Your Old Yard Look Like New Again! Part 2
Quick and Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Front Plantings
- Start with a basic clean-up (which includes raking up leaves and any winter die back)
To examine existing plants and beds
a. Are plants healthy?
b. Is the bed crowded and overgrown?
c. Are the beds wide enough?
d. Are plants boring or lack interest?
- After examination, decide on what plants you’re keeping
After examination, decide which are:
a. Keepers – look great and thriving (trees and large specimen shrubs)
b. Movers – healthy, but overgrown existing spot (transplanted before leaves emerge)
c. Dumpster or compost pile – overgrown or outdated after pruning or transplanted
Cut in your new bed lines
a. Layout your new bed w/ a garden hose or commercial marking paint
b. Keep in mind to keep bed simple w/o too many curves
c. Bold curves will make it look more natural and professionally designed
d. Straight lines need to be parallel to foundation or walk
- Remove sod and install edging
- Set plants in bed before planting
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