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Old 12-08-2009, 11:48 PM   #16
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Thank you Scuba_Dave for your comments.

I live in Los Angeles Area in CA. I digged the planter so that I can go below the foundation in order to make sure the water does not go into the house. I have wood floors inside.

When you say maintain good drainage, can you please show me a picture or explain little bit more to ensure good drainage.

I am in two minds whether or not to keep the planter or reduce the height of the planter.

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Old 12-09-2009, 06:41 AM   #17
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Thank you Scuba_Dave for your comments.

I live in Los Angeles Area in CA. I digged the planter so that I can go below the foundation in order to make sure the water does not go into the house. I have wood floors inside.

When you say maintain good drainage, can you please show me a picture or explain little bit more to ensure good drainage.

I am in two minds whether or not to keep the planter or reduce the height of the planter.
Ahh...my old stomping grounds....lived in your neck of the woods for a number of years. That being where you are...DEFINITELY learn to maintain sprinklers as you need them year round...it reallly isn't that hard but they are constantly having issues that need tweeking and you don't want to pay someone to come out every time something needs an adjustment or repair. OSH is a great store for all things irrigation....They'll have the book you need....and usually some friendly staff who would be glad to advise you along the way. Home Depot and Lowes are ok too...but suggest you start with OSH til you get a base of experience under your belt. Plant roses....we miss them since we moved to a different climate.
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:14 AM   #18
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Ahh...my old stomping grounds....lived in your neck of the woods for a number of years. That being where you are...DEFINITELY learn to maintain sprinklers as you need them year round...it reallly isn't that hard but they are constantly having issues that need tweeking and you don't want to pay someone to come out every time something needs an adjustment or repair. OSH is a great store for all things irrigation....They'll have the book you need....and usually some friendly staff who would be glad to advise you along the way. Home Depot and Lowes are ok too...but suggest you start with OSH til you get a base of experience under your belt. Plant roses....we miss them since we moved to a different climate.
Thank you.. I have never heard of OSH before.. Just to make sure - are you talking about this store, right ? http://shop.osh.com/. Please confirm. I see one is my area, around 6 miles from my house.
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:33 AM   #19
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I've never done sprinklers....you might want to hire the guy for that
sprinklers are actually pretty easy. i installed a couple systems with my dad when i was in high school on some rental properties they own. i would take the time to research it all before getting started but once you get into it they are pretty simple to install.

as for the demolition all the basic demo tools would apply:
safety glasses
gloves
a sledge (8-10lbs is average, 16-20 will knock it out faster but will kill your back, arms and shoulders)
prybar
shovel(s)
small hammer(s)
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Thank you.. I have never heard of OSH before.. Just to make sure - are you talking about this store, right ? http://shop.osh.com/. Please confirm. I see one is my area, around 6 miles from my house.
that's the place...
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:32 PM   #21
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sprinklers are actually pretty easy. i installed a couple systems with my dad when i was in high school on some rental properties they own. i would take the time to research it all before getting started but once you get into it they are pretty simple to install.

as for the demolition all the basic demo tools would apply:
safety glasses
gloves
a sledge (8-10lbs is average, 16-20 will knock it out faster but will kill your back, arms and shoulders)
prybar
shovel(s)
small hammer(s)
Thank you for the list of the tools. I want to recycle these bricks in the back.. Hence I don't really want to break them into pieces rather trying to take out brick by brick so that they can be reused.

So my point here is that with the sledge do I get what I need ? I am also not sure how tightly they are cemented.. can I use prybar and achieve what I am looking for ?
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that's the place...
Thank you. I will try to visit this place soon.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:51 PM   #23
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Nice pics ScubaDave!
A caution on bamboo, phlox and ladybells is that they will spread.
We planted beebalm, coneflowers, asters, gayfeathers, daisies, lupin, false sunflowers, butterfly bushs, and peppermint for the insects. There were plenty of honeybees and we even got a few visits from a few humingbird moths.

cprao- It sounds like you are a little hesitant at this point. Quite natural.
-I'd suggest first researching garden pics and/or going around the neighborhood to see the different kinds of layouts, and decide what works. Remember to consider colors, sun requirement, and bloom season, and plan taller plants at the back so evething is visible.
-Make a couple design blueprints to plan the walking paths. Curves add a softening element to many types of square house designs(most).
-Plan some maintinance access and don't crowd the plants at first. They will get full sized by the second year.
-Before any planting, get all the mechanical done.

Five grand seems like a lot for that small a yard. You can do it yourself but it will take time and research. Sorry I can't answer your question escept give a pep-talk.
Here's what we did:
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Nice pics ScubaDave!
A caution on bamboo, phlox and ladybells is that they will spread.
We planted beebalm, coneflowers, asters, gayfeathers, daisies, lupin, false sunflowers, butterfly bushs, and peppermint for the insects. There were plenty of honeybees and we even got a few visits from a few humingbird moths.

cprao- It sounds like you are a little hesitant at this point. Quite natural.
-I'd suggest first researching garden pics and/or going around the neighborhood to see the different kinds of layouts, and decide what works. Remember to consider colors, sun requirement, and bloom season, and plan taller plants at the back so evething is visible.
-Make a couple design blueprints to plan the walking paths. Curves add a softening element to many types of square house designs(most).
-Plan some maintinance access and don't crowd the plants at first. They will get full sized by the second year.
-Before any planting, get all the mechanical done.

Five grand seems like a lot for that small a yard. You can do it yourself but it will take time and research. Sorry I can't answer your question escept give a pep-talk.
Here's what we did:
Hi Stillwerkin,

Thank you very much. The phots are are quite inspiring.. What a transformation.. from empty to a beautiful garden..
Yes, I hear you.. I am still researching ... Probably I will continue to research till I am comfortable with one design that suits us..

Meanwhile, I am planning to layout the sprinkler system.

However, one question- I need to kill weeds and the grass itself to lay new grass. Whats the best method to do that ? Also around my rose plants there are weeds.. how can I kill those weeds without killing rose plants ?
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:51 AM   #25
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With our yard, we dug the surface up and borrowed a rototiller, then added a bunch of peat moss/composted manure/old mutch/sand to lighten the soil(hardpack clay) and tilled again.
Over that went staked landscaping fabric and cyprus mulch. An opening for each plant was cut individually so the weeds and grass haven't been a problem so far. Weeding is by hand only.
The only chemicals we've used so far is a little miracle grow in the spring, and organic miracle grow(beet juice sugar) in the summer and fall. I like soil additives better than the sprays.

I think you'd be able to dig off the top layer of grass to kill it. Bring in some topsoil, mutch, and reseed it to do it on the cheap. They sell the fiberous protective mesh to go on top.
It's easier to have two people plan a weekend around the job and make it fun.
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With our yard, we dug the surface up and borrowed a rototiller, then added a bunch of peat moss/composted manure/old mutch/sand to lighten the soil(hardpack clay) and tilled again.
Over that went staked landscaping fabric and cyprus mulch. An opening for each plant was cut individually so the weeds and grass haven't been a problem so far. Weeding is by hand only.
The only chemicals we've used so far is a little miracle grow in the spring, and organic miracle grow(beet juice sugar) in the summer and fall. I like soil additives better than the sprays.

I think you'd be able to dig off the top layer of grass to kill it. Bring in some topsoil, mutch, and reseed it to do it on the cheap. They sell the fiberous protective mesh to go on top.
It's easier to have two people plan a weekend around the job and make it fun.
Ok. Thank you for the suggestion..

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