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Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by waltonjr1, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. waltonjr1

    waltonjr1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Ive worked for a professional landscape company over 10 years ago before moving on to another profession. I still have a passion for it and recently landscaped my new house that I had built over the winter. I went with 1 gallon shrubs to cut back on cost so it will take a while to grow in nicley. I have about $950 invested in the total project. I found this site looking for ideas and find it to be a great resource for the professional or average joe interested in lawn in garden projects. Feel free to comment whether there positive or negative.[​IMG]
  2. JayD

    JayD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,062

    It looks really nice! Great Job!:clapping:
  3. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    On the side of your home it looks like you have the shrubs way to close to the house, remember what you said, they are 1 gallon and will grow, you need to take that into consideration, I would have anchored the corners and maybe even the jog out in front, I would re locate the Iris, it seems out of place.
  4. waltonjr1

    waltonjr1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Thanks for your advice, I was actually thinking about replacing that iris with another cluster of agapanthas. Im trying to keep a natural look as our subdivision is basically in the middle of swampland and iris pretty much are every where around here. The witch hazels along the side of the house are actually further away than they appear, about 1 foot. I plan on making that a hedge as they are very easy to shape and trim and stay full all year long.
  5. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    Definitely move stuff at least 1-2 feet away from the house and the only other nightmare you created is how deep your lobs go in and out. If you have a push mower even it might still be hard to mow that patch of grass on the inside of a lobe. If you have a rider you might as well string trim the first couple feet outside the beds.

    Straight lines of plants dont always look good. Group things in clusters instead of linear.

    Spacing of plants under windows and centering on walls can make the balance look better otherwise you might be making one giant open wall stand out

    It looks nice though just lacks some function.
  6. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,463

    Wheres the height? you need to frame the house with larger plants. crape myrtle or something. otherwise not to bad.
  7. RWS

    RWS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    Nice job, it looks good.
  8. AndyTblc

    AndyTblc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,480

    I don't mean to be negative, but something doesn't look right, I don't know what it is, but something just doesn't click. You did a great job, but there is 1 thing that don't look right. I don't know if it's the type of mulch, or the plants, or the spacing. Oh well, but you for sure did a great job.
  9. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    Looks great but I agree - you're missing height. Also, I think it would have been nice to incorporate some areas for seasonal color..

    Just my .02

    BTW - where in southern LA are you located?
  10. mhussey

    mhussey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 523

    A lot of these things you guy's are critiquing him on all has to do with budget, and the overall satisfaction of the customer. A lot of times the customer will over ride me on a decision because they like this better than that and so forth. By the looks of the gallon plants budget was a factor. I think we have all been there before!

    Only thing I see that I would change or something for you to remember in your future installs. Keep those curves flowing and not so tight. When cutting your beds keep in the back of your mind " can a mower easily mow through here".

    Other than that it looks good.

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