Saturday, October 18, 2014

Planting under a tree…

My summer was filled with projects to resolve regarding our yard.  As you can see from the “Before” photo below, we have a tree which absorbs most of the water and made it impossible to grow any type of plant.  After several summers of various options, this year we decided to build up the soil in hopes it would allow plants to flourish and add pops of color to the yard rather than looking neglected.

Planter Storyboard

Much to our surprise this project took about 2 hours to complete.  This is the process we used to complete the planting bed.

1.  Determine area size and measured the circumference.

2.  Decided to use 12” Retaining Wall blocks.  Although the photo shows cement glue, we did not need to use the glue and returned the product.

3.  Next, we did a dry fit with the first layer of blocks and made adjustments to the circumference area as necessary. 

4.  It was time to install the first layer.  Due to the slope in our lawn we used pea gravel for stability and  leveling the blocks.  In the photo above you can see this was a three part process.  #1 Level area with pea gravel.  #2  Fit the block into place.  #3 Use level to insure blocks were consistent.

5.  Because I don’t like weeding, we covered the interior of the bed with weed barrier and fill with potting soil.  Remember to fill the cracks between the blocks.
Note:  The starting point of the second row of blocks, (middle photo on right #1,2,3) the space difference showed the pea gravel we used to level the area.  We mixed potting soil with grass seed and tucked it into this area.  After three weeks the grass grew in and looks great.

6.  Last step, the planting.  I went to a nursery and found a wonderful women who understood I wanted perennials that would be growing in a shallow area under a tree.  She was great!  We planted Heuchera (Georgia Plum),  Delosperma floribundum 'StarbursNot perennial but I like the color, Rivera Marine Blue Lobelia.  In addition I just planted bulbs for spring. 

This was a fun project and I will not miss needing to replant this area every year.  Looks good and lasts a long time!

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