renovating a used to be garden

shayshay836May 3, 2014

Hi, i need help in trying to restore a space of land that used to be a great garden. I do not know where to begin as my parents used to take care of this. There are a few plants here and there.

Do i take that black tarp up that has been there forever for the weeds . I need a lot of help . I do not know where to begin. Any help will be greatly appreciated as i am not an avid gardener

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

First you should probably identify what plants are there, including weeds, and how to keep them or destroy them.

Secondly, that plastic probably was some kind of liner or weed block at one time, meaning that whatever was on top (be it soil, mulch, etc) has either eroded away or decayed away. It would be good to redo it rather than just laying stuff on top again, including amending the soil if you're ready for that.

I say this also because it looks like it is currently as soil level, not below it. If you add more things on top, then you are overcoming the wood border near the fence as well as touching the wood portion of this building on the other side, which is dangerous for termites and other water problems.

Finally, depending on the direction this area is facing and its level of light in regards to sunlight, then you can get other recommendations on new plants and/or bushes that you might want to plant there.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 10:57AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I just happened upon your post. If this was my yard, I'd take out all that plastic and do something like this. Depends on where you are, what direction your yard faces, etc. But a local garden center could help you replicate it with appropriate ground covers. You could ask for help the plants that are there and you could leave anything choice, or just take it all out and add new.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 4:18PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have found an article about Garden Restoration Projects. You can check it out for ideas on how to properly restore your garden.

Here is a link that might be useful: Great Garden Restoration

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 11:45AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Clay Problem
Hi Everybody Newby and desperate for a solution to...
Overgrown garden help
How can I remove these plants that seem to be at the...
Hi, I am new to this forum. I have not been able to...
Garden make over
Hello! im having trouble creating a tropical garden...
establish new sideyard with perennials I have to divide.
We bought a big lot beside us. We graded it and I do...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™