Until two years ago, I lived in a house which would have made Hansel and Gretel feel right at home. It was surrounded by trees – not even visible from the road. This is the Google street view of my house. Looks just like the deep dark forest. Two years ago, for reasons which made sense at the time, we decided to have all of the trees taken down. I think we were afraid that one would fall on the house. Now we live in the Sahara desert, or perhaps it’s the surface of the moon.
Landscaping, I have discovered, does not come easily. Books on landscaping can be very intimidating. They suggest drawing your yard to scale and detailing the placement of every plant. Any walls or structures which need to be considered should be measured, drawn to scale and located in the correct spot on your landscaping plans. I stand there in the middle of my own personal disaster area, and I have no idea what to do. I’m not a big fan of ordinary gardening, but I like flowers so I garden.
Flowers will not save my yard. Neither will my husband’s approach to landscaping which is to dig random holes and stick miscellaneous plants in the holes. I’m still checking out landscaping books from the library hoping to find guidelines for success. If you are dealing with a landscaping disaster, some of these may help you:
The library has so many more gardening books! Books on growing vegetables, flowers, herbs, gardening in containers, gardening in the city. Take some home and spend these cold snowy days planning your garden.
I’ve been giving my situation some thought while watching a lot of HGTV. I’m going to go and hang around in local home improvement stores while waiting for “Yard Crashers” or “Curb Appeal” to find me!