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Startingover 05-26-2013 08:20 AM

outdated shrubs?
 
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Since there are so many expert landscapers on this site, with ideas I always think are perfect I'll ask about my front. This is the house I bought last year. A friend said the row of uniform hedges, from the garage to the front door, are outdated. Do they look bad?

First, I like how they provide privacy for the window next to the front door, which is my den. (former dining room). I did cut down 2 closest to the front door, to about 20" tall because I was afraid someone could hide behind there and jump out at me. (just kidding sort of). Now, looking at the photo maybe I could cut down the one closest to the garage door. It's wide, so would open up that space quite a bit from the corner of the garage. Would I leave it bare or plant something small there? The house faces south and I'm on a ridge and get less rain than other places, plus sandy soil makes it tough for anything to grow.

Secondly all the houses in this city are on septic, so I'm advised not to plant anything, but no one said anything about the existing shrubs. By 'anyone' I've had a couple of old time septic experts here.

One photo is older and now the gardenias under the front bedroom window are have grown due to fertilizer and watering. I'd like them to cover more of the window, for privacy. The edging stones in front of the bedroom have sunken, so I bought an interlocking sand at HD and someday, will dig the sunken ones up and put the special sand underneath them. You can barely tell but at the very corner of the house is a hibiscus that freezes back every yr but each yr it gets a little bigger. It's has orange flowers that work well with the brick. I'm in zone 9 so do get some freezes.

I removed the flag on the lightpost and also removed the red rocks around it.

Someday I want white windows and soffit and a light roof. I think everything is too dark now. But for now all I'm doing is repainting the shutters and garage door, which has faded to an ugly orange. Beige is the only color I can think of. The bricks are reddish so not sure most greens, (which would be my first choice) would work with red bricks. I just want something lighter.

This must be because the paint is so old? but when I rub my hand over the garage door the orange paint rubs off leaving black underneath. The door is white on the inside so don't know what that black is. I can tell at the very top it once was a dark brown, same as the shutters.

I'd paint the front door except for the security grill which my daughter and I like. I guess I could take it off and paint it too. I think they look better the same color as the door so they blend in.

All opinions will be valued.

Fix'n it 05-27-2013 09:59 AM

house looks nice as it is. changing to white :barf:
if you don't like the color of the house, why did you buy it ?

put your money/time into updating the landscaping, though it doesn't look bad now. just not modern

Startingover 05-27-2013 11:14 AM

I love the house and location. I'm not sure, on window color, and like hearing others opinions.

This weekend is my one yr anniversary in this house. One entire year of stripping wallpaper, cleaning, painting and planting shrubs and flowers in the back yard. I was lucky to find this house which had sat on the market. It took a lot of work but I could see the diamond in the rough.

oh'mike 05-27-2013 11:52 AM

I just stepped in to comment on the septic field---

That is ,most likely , in the back yard---you do not want to plant any trees or shrub on the field itself or within 15 feet or so---other than that area----plan what you wish---

Fix'n it 05-27-2013 11:53 AM

gosh, i wish my house looked that good. my house needs pretty much everything. with the proper landscaping your house would look fantastic.

Fix'n it 05-27-2013 11:54 AM

post a pic of the garage door and drive

Startingover 05-27-2013 01:45 PM

ok, posting right side photo soon.

The septics are in the front yard here. The largest city in the county with aprx 85,000 population and yet septic. Everyone else likes it due to no sewer cost.

oh'mike 05-27-2013 01:49 PM

That's unusual----I like my well and septic-----no water/sewer bills---just maintenance on the system.

Startingover 05-27-2013 01:59 PM

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The older houses here, like mine, have screens over the garage doors. I was going to remove them but they've been great for when I'm painting doors, etc. in the garage.

I like the multi trunks of the citrus but I think they are too much trouble to take care of.

The grapefruit tree (closer to the road) and the magnolia, to the right of it, both need to come out I think. They look half dead, but I imagine it will cost a lot to remove them.

On the drive I had trouble with dirty water standing in the swale. Last week I took a shovel and dug a shallow trench, 2' out from the drive, on each side, and now water runs off of the drive. I imagine I'll have to do that every couple of yrs. It's not deep enough for anyone to fall into.

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RWolff 05-27-2013 05:33 PM

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A friend said the row of uniform hedges, from the garage to the front door, are outdated. Do they look bad?
Friends don't let friends own bad hedges is that accurate? Seriously, I have a big issue with that kind of typical mindset, that something has to be replaced because it's supposedly "outdated", who decides what on your property you paid for is "outdated" or "needs" replacement? the guy down the street who isn't paying a dime for any of it, or YOU?
I blame the auto industry for brainwashing people into throwing away perfectly good things in order to "update" them to the latest "style."

All that matters is that YOU like the hedges, you are the one paying for them, put whatever you want in there and only accept input from those willing to PAY THE BILL for new stuff they want to see there in your yard or house!


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The septics are in the front yard here. The largest city in the county with aprx 85,000 population and yet septic. Everyone else likes it due to no sewer cost.
They love it, till the inevitable day it has to be pumped out, or replaced and they face a many thousand dollar bill and their front yard being torn up, then they wish they had sewer and paid the minimal $25 bill a month or whatever.
I pay $5.82 for my sewer, $8.05 for 1,000 gals of water, and $15 for garbage collection.

creeper 05-27-2013 05:57 PM

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Originally Posted by oh'mike (Post 1188860)
That's unusual----I like my well and septic-----no water/sewer bills---just maintenance on the system.

My septic is in the front. My neighbour's on the side and yet another neighbour is in the back.

Around here they are placed on the lowest lay of the land. With the standard distance away from the wells, whicg are all decommissioned anyway now that we have a community well that the region maintains.

We pay about $60 every 4 months for water..maybe a few dollars more if you have a swimming pool or ice rink to fill.

Garbage, recycle and compostable food waste, even large items are all free public services.

creeper 05-27-2013 06:02 PM

I agree that the house looks great. The plants could use a little cutting back, but since you are the one who lives there you should do what pleases you

Fix'n it 05-27-2013 08:05 PM

yeah, only do what YOU like. no doubt. but, you asked, so i told ya. but like i said . a pro designed land scape job would look really nice there.

my freaking water/garbage bill is about $100 a freaking month :eek::furious:

RWolff 05-27-2013 08:05 PM

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Originally Posted by creeper (Post 1188980)

We pay about $60 every 4 months for water..maybe a few dollars more if you have a swimming pool or ice rink to fill.

Garbage, recycle and compostable food waste, even large items are all free public services.

Not bad, I do pay $15 for garbage but then I suspect my under $175 a year property taxes for a 2 bedroom 1000 sq ft house with a full basement on a 1/2 acre of land is quite a bit less than you pay, so they get their money out of you one way or the other for your garbage pickups, either on the front end or the rear end ;)
They do an annual cleanup day here where they will take large junk, sofas, appliances and other assorted junk and volunteers go around in trucks and pick it all up at your driveway, but in the last couple of years it's been a bring it to a location in town yourself thing, with volunteers picking up at homes where the owner cant do it (elderly, no vehicle etc) and a nominal fee for large appliance disposal.

creeper 05-27-2013 08:31 PM

Its true..we do get large item pick up one a month and street sweeping in the spring, but its also true that my house and property are double that of yours and my property taxes are also double that of yours..each month..:mad:


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