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Carolina Gardening: Redoing my parents' yard

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Lexington, SC

December 28, 2012
7:37 PM

Post #9369499

My parents recently moved back to Lexington from Bluffton and the house they move into... well, it's lacking to say the least. I've already done a lot of work whenever I come back from school, but there's still a lot to be done. Right now I'm getting to the point where its time to stop reclaiming the yard from the awful landscaping and time to start installing a decent one. I'm open to suggestions for different areas and I'll post the progress I make.

Here is the back before I cleared it out, and then after. I've since removed the switch cane as well. I can get a better picture of the final product tomorrow.

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Lexington, SC

December 28, 2012
7:44 PM

Post #9369502

Here are the shrubs that were in front of the porch. Whoever planted those there was clearly not thinking. I got them from two angles to show how close to the porch they were planted. I pulled them out to plant some 'Otto Luyken' cherry laurels. The ligustrum and loropetalum rotted the porch because they were planted so close.

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Holly Springs, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 29, 2012
1:56 PM

Post #9370031

Wow! Yanking out those foundation plantings made a huge difference in the curb appeal. What did you use to get those things out of the ground?
Lexington, SC

December 29, 2012
8:25 PM

Post #9370246

Thanks! Just elbow grease and determination. Haha I just cut them down to stumps and then dug right around them until I hit roots and used loppers to cut the big roots. Then I just yanked them out if there weren't any big roots still attached that I couldn't get myself.
Emerald Isle, NC

January 3, 2013
10:20 AM

Post #9374190

Save the lorapalutum,if I could have only one shrub this would be it
Lexington, SC

January 6, 2013
2:33 PM

Post #9377422

They're all at the dump now. The last owners had butchered them so much that they really couldn't be salvaged, and I'm not a fan of the giant purple meatball look. I have plans to put more in elsewhere, though.
Lexington, SC

January 6, 2013
2:38 PM

Post #9377424

I had to remove all of those plants because they were planted too close to the porch and it started to rot.
Johns Island, SC

January 17, 2013
5:54 PM

Post #9388615

I dunnow, Sandlapper. A lot of difficult questions involved, like "who are you trying to please" with your design...? Lot of ramifications to that question, but it might help you to think them through...

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