Posts Tagged ‘planting trees

14
Apr
09

Before and After shots of Leyland Cypress back yard screening

 Can’t remember if I showed these pics yet, but here it goes.  The back property line behind my  house has been transformed into a very nice planting bed for trees and shrubs.  There used to be about 30 Arbovitae on the property line and grass right up to them.  Now there is Leyland Cypress, Vine Maple, and Fire Maple.  No shrubs yet

This is a special Gold Variety of the Leyland Cypress

This is a special Gold Variety of the Leyland Cypress

 

 

This show the property behind my house.  You can also see some of the trees that I planted that will screen out future building

This shows the property behind my house. You can also see some of the trees that used to be in this planting bed. It is all redone now.

The golden leyland cypress is not planted between two transplanted leyland cypress

The golden leyland cypress is now planted between two transplanted leyland cypress. I also removed an alder and two pine trees that you can see in the before pictures.

 

 

This is another view of the leyland cypress screening in the back after transplanting.  There are four leyland cypress, One golden Leyland, two vine maples, and three fire maple on the back property line now.

This is another view of the leyland cypress screening in the back after transplanting. There are four leyland cypress, One golden Leyland, two vine maples, and three fire maple on the back property line now. This is just to the right of my fire pit.

05
Apr
09

Leyland cypress and fire maples.

Here I am near a new fire maple and younger leyland cyprees.

Here I am near a new fire maple and younger leyland cyprees.

To the left is a newly planted fire maple and the evergreen tree to the right is a leyland cypress.  Both of these trees are the back property line.   The man that owns the ground behind me has around 20 acres there and says that he will never sell it.  I don’t believe that so I have planted some screening trees that will block any new construction from destroying my privacy in the future.  By the time that people do build on that property the trees will have grown much larger to form a beautiful and natural barrier.  I am actually going to dig up the 4-6 leyland cypress trees and move them about 8 feet away from the property line.  Right now they are dead on the line.  Not sure why the previous owners would plant them they but that is not the location that the design calls for.  So I will move them a little bit.  Below is a picture of the property line in my back yard.

This show the property behind my house.  You can also see some of the trees that I planted that will screen out future building

This show the property behind my house. You can also see some of the trees that I planted that will screen out future building

24
Mar
09

The re-birth of my landscaping obsession! Hardscape, planting beds, and design oh my!!

This is my back lawn with additional flagstone paths that I built coming off the deck and through the trees on the right.

This is my back lawn with additional flagstone paths that I built coming off the deck and through the trees on the right.

As many of you may have noticed, I have been blogging about my landscaping efforts.  I have a love-hate relationship with my yard.  I have been living in my home now for almost one year.  Since in my mind the landscape is an extension of myself and the interior living spaces, I made sure that the home that we purchased had magnificent potential in this area.  I even started getting the landscape design done prior to moving in.  The winter is passing by now and my desire to be outside working on my yard is growing at a fast clip.

I know that for this blog, landscaping is off-topic.  I have considered creating another blog specifically for my landscaping pics and improvements.  I have decided not to do this because having one blog takes more time than I would have ever imagined and I don’t want to take up precious mind space with another blog.

So fortunately or maybe unfortunately, I am going to be posting my landscaping efforts on Run4change.  Inspired by my wonderful blogging friend Angela, I have realized that life improvement is a complicated web that works it’s way into all areas of life.  So landscaping is for me.  It is an area that I improve my peace, improve my sense of accomplishment, and improve the overall access to the beauty of life.  I am not changing directions with this blog at all, I am just letting you all know that I will be doing additional postings on landscaping.  I hope that you all enjoy them as they are just an extension of the guy who lost 130 lbs.  I never worked in the yard for even one minute a week prior to losing weight so this is a huge victory for me.  I am using the weight loss benefits in a practical way to improve my surroundings.

Here is what I plan to do in my yard this spring/summer:

  • Finish planting the last three new trees and re-planting a couple that I need to transplant.
  • Move a 1500 pound stone table just ten feet away from its current location (This magnificent table came with the home)
  • Finish the flagstone patio and fire pit (This will go where the stone table currently resides.  The link is a pic of what I might want)
  • Finish around 300 more feet of stepping stone pathways.
  • Begin establishing planting around my home in the foundation beds
  • Improve the drainage of my lawn to get ready for yet another rainy season
  • Improve the irrigation system and allow it to cover all new planting beds.
  • Make all trees not needed for my plan to give them away for free to people who need them for their own plans
  • Build my cross sculpture in the back yard and design a nice seating area next to it.

That is all I can think of right now.  I am sure there is more but I am also sure that I won’t even get all of the items above done.  That will be ok with me since I am considering this a long term plan.  If I just keep at it, like with weight loss and ultras and marathons, I will get to the finish line.  At that time and place, my thankful heart will abound with joy.