Re: [gardeners] a spring full of chores

Margaret Lauterbach (
Thu, 06 Mar 2003 10:07:38 -0700

>  Still need to move 7 medium sized shrubs before it gets too warm,
>probably within the next 2 weeks. After that the time table for the
>other 20 things on the list is a bit more flexible. <BG>

Re-arranging your garden rooms Matt?

>  Remove a 15x20 wooden deck. Get rid of rubble.

Use the wood to build raised beds. After all this work you'll need 
therapeutic help.

>  Remove the $%#@ five inch thick concrete sub base with an electric
>jackhammer. Get rid of the concrete rubble!

Use the rubble to face raised flower beds.

>  Get rid of the 20 odd railing posts sunk 2 feet in concrete. (The deck
>must have been beautiful 30 years ago, interesting pattern, well built,
>just 30 years old and beyond repair)

Turn them upside down, stick tops of post in ground and paint concrete 
blobs green.  Blobus trahansis trees.  <VBG>

>  Move a 6' gardenia 30 feet and keep it alive through last years
>   Add 30 feet of chainlink fence and 5 sections of 6' privacy fence
>with a double gate with a 5' opening. The back yard is finally
>completely enclosed.

Now go to the Pound and get furry pal, and save a life at the same time.

>  Remove the half rotted wooden floor in the large garden shed. Replace
>it with a crush and run and sand base. Dry lay 16" square concrete
>pavers with drainage pebbles around the outer edges.
>  Get the hot tub fixed (bought a better used one from the same place
>for $400!) Life is good! Get the hot tub installed in the large garden

Watch out for guests. Some people claim to have received STDs from hot tubs.

>  Plant a 5'x5' evergreen that was sitting in a 9 gallon pot for 3
>years. It's a layered cutting of a 12' shrub from my parents yard.
>  Plant a few dozen assorted small shrubs (7 need to be relocated...)
>  Plant a 5' butia palm and help it survive this extremely cold winter
>(for us).

Matt, have you considered seeing a specialist for your "moveaphilia"?

>  Plant a few dozen perennials and grasses here and there.
>  Move 6 cubic yards (9 tons) of crush and run for the patio. (still
>need another 5 tons...)
>  Buy 2 pallets of 6"x9" concrete cobbles from Lowes. Estimating we will
>need another 3 to 4 pallets to finish.

Why don't you use your own rubble?

>  Buy $400 worth of aluminum edging for the patio and walkways.
>  Lay in the hammock for 10 minutes when the backyard is finally
>  Start on the front yard... <VBG>
>Hope you're all doing well and staying warm,
>Matt in Notfolk, Virginia - USDA zone 8

Where?  Margaret L