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Old 06-07-2009, 06:40 PM
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Bed Renovation

Here's pics of the latest work.

The before pics were right after I pulled 1.5 yards of debris from the beds, including old fabric, weeds and woody volunteer trees.

All the rock was pulled from the sidewalk, and I spread it out and used a leaf-blower to get the worst of the debris out of it. I then used my plastic wheelbarrow with holes I drilled, to wash the rock clean. That part of the job took 2 hrs.

After that I removed and old Hydrangea stump (easy), burning bush stump (extra hard), and an over-grown smoke bush (horrible).

I then hand dug the bed pulling stumps and roots from English Ivy that had overgrown the bed.

The next step was to throw out a bale of peat moss and use my yard boss tiller to mix the soil.

Dig next to the sidewalk, grade, plant shrubs, lay fabric with pins, plant grasses, reinstall rock and I was done.

3 days, approximately 14 hrs. labor.

Bed renovations stink. They take twice as long per square foot as a fresh install.
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Old 06-07-2009, 06:42 PM
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These pics were taken a third of the way through.

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Old 06-07-2009, 06:43 PM
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:05 PM
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The 'Arb' type plants on one side, I recognize... What perennials were put in under the electric meter?
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Old 06-08-2009, 01:05 AM
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The taller is a Karly Rose ornamental grass and the green is a miniture hosta that was already on the property and I took a split off of.

In that spot was the smoke bush, when at it's max, it was hanging over the rail of the deck. Bad choice, and spot for a bush of that size. That was one of the reasons the root ball was hard to remove, I had little to no room to get full swings with the Maddox pick.

We had contemplated putting in an annual vine and trellis. I've had good luck with the Spanish flag, and might have work there. The spot gets a shot of sunlight morning till noon. The other option was a trellis and clematis. I wanted to hide the service box, but the HO liked the grass.

Smaller box-woods were put in along with a Karl Forrester reed grass, and a blue chip. My fabric is cut in an oval shape in hopes that the reed grass will fill that section that it is in.

I also put in a miniature hydrangea near the downspout in the first pics.
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Old 06-08-2009, 01:21 AM
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Also, the box-woods were used as the HO is wanting them to grow together.

I'm also going to donate some maintenance time to help keep the property in shape. The HO's wife was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease 8 years ago and has little to no time to work on his property. The maintenance will come out of the wash in the end as he has a big shaded back yard that needs to be reworked. It already has existing hostas that will be used.

The front needs some junipers ripped out as they have become over-grown, and new shrubs put in. Luckily the guy across the street is a farmer and has offered to rip them out for him with his JD tractor and bucket. That will save him some money in the end.

This job is in Danvers IL where I live. I primarily do work in Bloomington, but it's nice to do jobs in the town I live in. Accross the alley is a church I'm mowing for a guy (relative, on the side, do it lowball, member of the church, and great guy) who just had prostate surgery and is recovering (caught early, no biggy). Then catty corner to that is a lady I'm lining up to do an install.
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:59 AM
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It turned out well.

It is good to have jobs that have more meaning than the money.
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Old 06-08-2009, 05:00 PM
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Job Last Fall

Just took pics of a job I did late last season.

It's filling in nicely.

The prep work was horrible on this one. Old buried brick sidewalk I found, a 15 inch thick sidewalk I ripped out, and re-used aggregate squares for the patio for the hot tub. The hot tub was on a base of plywood on top of pea gravel.

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