Honey, the screens go on the windows not in the yard!

whaas_5a(5A SE WI)May 27, 2012

Sure looks funny. I know it will pay off though based on what I've seen from Dave and the likes.

'Skylands' and 'Walnut Glen' are being shaded.

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Cher(6 SW OH)

whaas it looks really lovely. Now you know that 5 years down the road you are going to wish you took that photo also with the screens down so you can compare growth in the photo you do in 5 years. :)

Question: Spot between the 2nd and 4th plant bottom row. I'm assuming there is a plant there? I ask that since you have this so perfect and I'm sure there is, along with the fact that particular spot looks wet, but am curious. How much further back past the mulch does your property extend?

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 4:07PM
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dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)

A great plan that should begin to fill in after 3 years.

As time goes by you should consider some ground covers intermixed to soften the look.

Otherwise sit back, maintain and find your favorite spot with attending lawn chair in the yard to contemplate your domain. You never want to be finished especially with that huge yard.

I know you are a turf specialist. Is that clover intermixed with blue grass. A heavy feeding with winter fert will choke that out next spring so I am told.

You can cut some pipe sleeves one size larger then the pipe supporting your shade cloth. That way you can pull them for easily removal/reinstall when the need arises.. Remove them for the winter or when extended cloudy days are upon you. The benefit of good air circulation is a plus.


    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 7:01AM
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Garen Rees(6a)

That will look amazing in a few years.

What's the bright red flame in the center?

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 9:10AM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

That's a sweet photo.



    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 10:54AM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Thanks for the comments! I was expecting more on the screens than the layout,lol.

Cher, I think the area you are talking about is in front of those three roses. I just dug up a barberry from there so it may look wet. I found a crawling Picea 'Gold Drift' that I might put there. If you can spot the tall narrow purple beech, those are the areas in which I have about 4' between the mulch line and lot line (enough to get a couple passes with the mower). Areas like the White Fire to the left have closer to 10'. Perspective is deceiving...White Fir is about 8' tall.

Dave, touche! I'll admit I haven't kept up with the 1.5 year old lawn. Looks good for still getting established.
I hear ya on never being finished, I'm already moving plants. I might start looking into groundcovers in a couple years once I'm happy with the plants and their locations. I have exactly a 1/2 acre with the house, drive and patio taking up about 5K'. Great suggestion on the pipe sleeves!

Garen, I can't wait myself but its been a rough ride getting plants estlashing with drought, heat, wind and severe freezes. I know the majority will prosper though. The red flame is a barberry named Orange Rocket. Probably the best barberry on the market IMO. Red Ruby is my other favorite. I use these for reddish pops in the landscape.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 11:11AM
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Beautiful photo it's just emerald at your place. Funny think is I have to put screens in front of plants in the winter rather than summer to protect from sun scald.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 12:40PM
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jimbobfeeny(5a IN)

That's pretty impressive! For a second, I thought it was a computer generated picture! Didn't know it was that green up there in Wisconsin.


    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 6:11PM
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ladylotus(Z3/4 ND)

Darn...I want to see the photo and it is gone. Unfortunately, I'm not online much until Fall/Winter and I'm trying to quickly play catch up since it is ugly outside and I'm off of work today.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2012 at 10:53AM
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Hey Wass, Youve obviously been doing lots of homework. Your place is looking sharp,and your taste for cultivars is realll good!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2012 at 8:39PM
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