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Latest, and last, outdoor project for this year!

Postby B_BQ » Jul 15, 2008 8:33 pm

We have an embankment the whole length of our back yard. It is about 200' long, and from bottom to top is about 25' with a steep slope. It's wonderful because it provides us with complete privacy. There's nothing on the other side of it, but there are plans in the works apparently for another housing development! :cry: But that's inevitable I suppose.
Anyway, when we moved into this house at the end of 2005, there was a new bed surrounded by rocks on the slope. I thought that would be neat to grow my herbs. Well, it really was a disaster area. The previous owners had never had to live with it. It was full of really nasty weeds, rocks, poor soil, and actually looked really ugly!
This area is about 25' x 12'. I decided, (with much rolling of eyes from my DH), to take it all apart! That was a job-and-a-half! Fortunately my daughter, and a friend of hers, were able to help out a great deal. Between the four of us we not only managed to dismantle it, but also managed to build a small raised curved bed near the shed with some of the rocks. (This area is very soggy and doesn't support much).
Yesterday I was able to get most of the weeds out, and throw the remaining rocks up into the 'woods'.
The plan is to make it very simple and maintenance free. I'm going to put a row of seedling spirea in front of the remaining rocks. I'm going to put in some ground cover, then I'm going to seed the rest and just have grass. It will be much easier to maintain! I don't need any more back-breaking flower beds to weed. Suggestions are welcome, although I'm going to get this done this week if it kills me! :roll:
I should say that this is quite a steep slop, which doesn't really show on the pics.

I can't find a 'before' pic, but this is after my daughter and her friend had done a couple of hours work!


And, this is how it looked today after I did a bit more work on it. It still looks totally scruffy doesn't it?

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Postby Meggylou » Jul 15, 2008 9:07 pm

wow that definitely is a big project!!!
looks like you did get a lot done though.
It's always so hard to figure out what to do when edging up to natural areas.
Mother nature has a way of taking over that's for sure!
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Postby Aline in Ottawa » Jul 23, 2008 9:55 pm

BBQ, that is a back breaking job. And I can just see your DH with the rolling eyes... I get those too sometimes... hehehe.

Looking forward to seeing your spirea in full bloom. Will be quite nice.
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Postby Eeyore » Jul 23, 2008 10:47 pm

Wow Brenda, you just keep going and going and going! You're like the Energizer Bunny!
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