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Kavanagh1947 on
March 21, 2017
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Q. Building a sensory garden

Who can I contact that has expertise in building sensory gardens? Our park would like to add a sensory garden to our park.

Than you,
Tom Kavanagh

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 21, 2017
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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 17, 2017

Q. Ideas to make a garden presentable looking

I have recently had some trees removed from my back garden.
I have attached some photos of what is left behind.
I am looking for ideas of how to make the area more presentable.
I had considered using wood chippings to level the area from the wall to the corner of the horizontal fence then topping with stones. I know that the big tree stump will still be visible but I would plan to make a feature out of it somehow. (Photo 4)
The area along the path to the edge of the vertical fence is my main problem – any ideas? (Photos 1 & 2)
The path in photo 3 s the only access to the grass area for cutting.
I have spent quite a bit of money putting the fencing up to obtain privacy following the trees being removed so don’t want to spend a fortune finishing it off. The area also doesn’t get the sun after lunchtime so will not be used very much.
Any ideas welcome!

Thanks
Emma Kennedy

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 17, 2017
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I would certainly start with a wish list!

Do you want color, perennials, ground covers, ornamental trees, shade cover?
How much sunlight does the planting areas receive?
How much maintenance do you want to do?

From the images, it appears this area is quite a slop. Water run off is something to consider.

Here are some links to help you get started.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/slope-hill/hill-ground-cover.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/groundcover/

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/fgen/gardening-with-perennials.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/perennial-garden-plants.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/small-trees-for-gardens.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 25, 2018

Q. Mobile (Portable) Gardens

What would grow best in a moderately sized garden?

Asked by
Westm55 on
January 29, 2019
Coventry

Q. What should I do with my garden?

The garden has a slop in the middle, shrubs and 3 apple trees. I want to keep the trees but im not bothered about anything else.

The garden needs to be used by adults, children and a dog.

Answered by
drtreelove on
January 29, 2019
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Well the children and dog especially, and maybe the adults too would enjoy a good lawn area. That might mean revitalizing the grass that is there and maybe taking out the monster hedge row in the middle, leveling and enlarging the lawn area into where the hedge is now.

It looks like you lost a tree, so maybe there is more room for another fruit tree or two. How about losing the sheared shrubs along the fence and planting some berries or pole beans or climbing roses instead.

Leave the walk and arch as an entry to the home orchard area.

Maybe there is space for a couple of vegetable garden raised beds on that far side of the yard. You can start some veggies from seed inside the glass house and have your beds ready for planting when the weather warms up in early spring.

That's just my two cents or pence off the top of my head. Hope that starts you thinking and planting and enjoying your garden with your family.

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Asked by
l.kennedy06 on
January 29, 2019
Hardiness zone 9

Q. Planting and lamdscaping around a grave

Imagining that this 18ft by 12ft area lied in your backyard, what would you plant here? Plus, with a pergola standing over the spot.Im only looking for ideas. I’m more interested in the layout and planning rather then the actual plants that would thrive under the conditions.

Answered by
drtreelove on
January 30, 2019
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This article is more about cemetery plantings than a backyard grave site, but some of the tips may help you with your plan and choices for plant materials.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/plants-for-graves.htm

I'm not a landscape designer and i don't know where you are located, but I searched google for "planting a grave site" and found several articles and images that may give you some ideas:
https://www.google.com/search?q=planting+a+grave+site&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwipx8byrpTgAhUZVH0KHWd9CEkQ_AUIDigB&biw=1600&bih=782

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