Day of the Dead Lanscaping Needs Reviving. Where to start?
January 17, 2012 6:59 AM Subscribe
Day of the Dead---In desperate need for front landscaping makeover but want to DIY. Where do I start?
posted by stormpooper to Home & Garden (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Our original landscaping is from 1985 and needless to say 1/2 of it died. We ripped out a dead plum tree. The evergreen bushes need to go (they are in front of a window and I would like to replace with hydregneas). The other green shrubs (more leafy kind) are ok and I'm trying to save money so I'm fine with keeping them. The 5 small boxwoods we planted in 2003 were affected with winterburn so I cut away the dead and it looks like they're slowly coming back. The rocks in the landscaping are very sparse where the underlayment is showing. We have these pain in the ass day lillies everywhere. In short, our front looks like total ass.
My husband hates the rocks. We want to go cheap but pretty.
Is it better to dig and replace rock with mulch or can we just mulch over it?
The dirt is clay. Lots of it (our burb was built on a clay depository) and even with rental equipment, good luck in digging anything for depth (it stopped the tiller). How do we break it up to plant new things without killing the existing plants we want to keep?
I heard mulch can bring termites and other nusance insects. As long as we keep it away from the foundation, are we ok? We already have a bad carpenter ant issue (Orkin is our friend)
We are in the SW burbs of Chicago. It's heavy sun. I don't even know where to start.
Here are some plants that I was thinking of:
hydregneas in front of the bay window (want something that lasts a while in the season).
Azaleas for color but dont' know much about it. Planted one on the side of the house but didn't get to plant it deep and well, leaves look ok but the flowers died.
Don't mind hostas but this is a full sun area.
Thought about some decorative grasses but don't want to be overrun when they grow out.
Not sure what else is out there that is pretty easy to maintain and has a good all season growing cycle. For example, our yard, I planted peonies and salvia. Peonies die after May. Salvia just overgrows. So the rest of the season just looks like a mound of dirt and dead plants. This isn't what we want for the front.