Landscape for House, Part One

Landscape for House.  Here’s the exterior of my home on closing day.  The original owners had done a great job maintaining the house, but just as the inside needed to be gutted and updated, the exterior was totally in need of a landscape makeover!
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The huge, pokey Holly Bushes (Trees) were overgrown to a point of no return.  The thought of removing them seemed pretty crazy!   The bushes were original meaning the roots had been established more than 50 years prior!

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But when Little B saw pictures like this and Stud and my boys went into specifics about an infestation with wasps, the thought of leaving them was totally out of the question!  (The poor little girl has been stung five times and not a single time was she swatting at them or running from them).

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My crazy boys.  They couldn’t just pull the top portion of the shrub to the curb and leave it alone — playtime!

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With the top portion of the shrubs (trees) removed, it was easier to see the trunk and figure out the path of the root system.  We dug a trench around the root and used a 35 pound rock crusher to split each root from the trunk.  The first trunk took us two days, but eventually we  found a groove and removed two on the last day – My Man is clearly a Stud!

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I’m so glad we stuck with it, these beasts were out of control and would have taken any nutrients in the soil from new plants.  For those of you looking to work on updating old landscape, one of the most encouraging words we read was that although Holly Bushes (Trees) are huge, their root system is not nearly as sophisticated as a true tree root system.   Landscape for House ItsOverflowing 6

 One down…three more in the front yard and another six in the backyard!  I’ll share more curb appeal updates soon.

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  1. I want to see more.

    I had to give in and hire a gardener this week to help me with my jungle. I had planned to tackle it over spring break, but a first ever bout with bursitis left me unable to do any major gardening. I just hop I can so some planting tomorrow before I have to go back to school.

  2. Congrats on your new home! I’m so glad that you’ve been able to get those hollies out! I had 6 big tree-like ones on the side of my house when I moved it. Took me forever to prune them all back before we could dig them out! Bees! Oh, those give me the creeps! Even more reason to get rid of the bushes! Can’t wait to see what else you do! Hugs, Leena

  3. Petra says:

    We are coming towards winter “down here” (Aussie) which is our great time to garden! Wow – didn’t realise Holly’s root systems were so huge! Looking forward to garden updates! 😀

  4. Our house was built in 1969, and I think the bushes that were there when we moved in had been there since then. They were well-maintained like yours, but needed to be updated. What a chore, but so worth it!!

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