Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Landscaping & Lawn Care

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-29-2013, 05:51 PM   #31
Retired from the grind
 
gregzoll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Midwest - Central Illinois
Posts: 14,281
Rewards Points: 2,224
Default

outdated shrubs?


Get rid of the shutters also. As for painting the trim, if it is aluminum, it is hard to get paint to stick, unless you use something like Rustoleum on the trim. If wood, use a good oil based primer and paint to lighten up the trim. As for the brick, you can do a wash, where you hit random bricks to give those a whitish appearance, as if they were recycled to create the facade.

Landscaping, how much are you willing to put into it to change it, how much is your time worth for maintenance and upkeep, how much time do you have in the evenings and weekends when it comes time to replant or repair damaged areas of plants that are dying or you want to change out the perennials every 4 to 6 months.

Those shrubs are 70's-80's, so yes I would pull them and change to some kind of flowering bush. What do other neighbors have, do you have one in particular that has a "showcase" landscaping, that everyone wishes that they would have for their yard? Maybe go around and take a look, then take a bit of one, a bit of another, etc. to create your own landscaping.

The grass needs to be de-thatched, then weed & feed, fertilized on a regular schedule, which you can do yourself, and save tons of money. I only use professional grade weed & feed, & fertilizer, along with same for yard bug killer, which you can get at your local Farm & Home store, or even check your local Ace Hardware. Our local Ace owner's also get a good deal on professional grade products for lawn care, and their prices are actually lower on those, than the Ace Brand, which is just as good.

I would not even touch Scott's or Bayer products. They have been "watering" down both the dry and wet products in the past four years, and are not like how their products were 15-20 years ago. It is all marketing with them, and takes three times as much to do the job as the other professional grade or Ace Hardware branded products are.

__________________
Ren: Now listen, Cadet. I've got a job for you. See this button? Ren: Don't touch it! It's the History Eraser button, you fool! Stimpy: So what'll happen? Ren: That's just it. We don't know. Maybe something bad, maybe something good. I guess we'll never know, 'cause you're going to guard it. You won't touch it, will you?

Last edited by gregzoll; 05-29-2013 at 05:56 PM.
gregzoll is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to gregzoll For This Useful Post:
Startingover (05-30-2013)
Old 05-29-2013, 07:06 PM   #32
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Northern Illinois
Posts: 90
Rewards Points: 75
Default

outdated shrubs?


I'd leave some and just extend the beds and plant more shrubs and flowers. Grass needs a good rake and overseeding.
Tatertot is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Tatertot For This Useful Post:
Startingover (05-30-2013)
Old 05-29-2013, 07:26 PM   #33
Retired from the grind
 
gregzoll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Midwest - Central Illinois
Posts: 14,281
Rewards Points: 2,224
Default

outdated shrubs?


Quote:
Originally Posted by Tatertot View Post
I'd leave some and just extend the beds and plant more shrubs and flowers. Grass needs a good rake and overseeding.
I would not even leave those shrubs. They have been there since most likely when the house was built, or at least 20 plus years. They are well established, not something that was just planted five or six years ago.

Time for them to go, and be replaced with more decorative plantings. We planted Azaleas where we had the same type of shrubs in front of our house, that had been there since 1969-1972. Best thing I ever did. Went light on the other greenery, with some Elephant ear Hostas, and a Salvia, and a couple of other plantings in one bed under our bedroom window, and that is it.

I got tired of dealing with the plantings next to our garage, which actually got wiped out, when our Intex pool split, so I ended up just letting the grass take back over on that bed, because it is too much work.

Now I myself do have some Weigela's along our back fence, which are about six feet wide, six feet tall, but bloom a nice small Red Flower as long as it is cool and they get enough water. They will bloom all through the Summer if the conditions are right.
__________________
Ren: Now listen, Cadet. I've got a job for you. See this button? Ren: Don't touch it! It's the History Eraser button, you fool! Stimpy: So what'll happen? Ren: That's just it. We don't know. Maybe something bad, maybe something good. I guess we'll never know, 'cause you're going to guard it. You won't touch it, will you?
gregzoll is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to gregzoll For This Useful Post:
Startingover (05-30-2013)
Old 05-29-2013, 07:40 PM   #34
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: central Florida
Posts: 1,280
Rewards Points: 632
Blog Entries: 5
Default

outdated shrubs?


thanks,

I need to google what 'de-thatching' means, but I think I know. I bought a recycling lawn mower and I'm guessing all the cut grass laying on the lawn isn't a good thing and that's the reason for de-thatching. I just noticed it piling up so started using the bag to collect grass as I mow.

This is the first time I've ever cared about a nice lawn. Unfortunately without irrigation there's only so much you can do. I'm permitted to water till 10 am and after 4 pm, two days a week.

I just bought weed killer at the nursery and will get fertilizer and grass seed. Not sure what weed killer I have but don't think it helped.

Zone 9 is difficult I think. We have killer heat, but also winter freezes.

Definately will work on taking, at least 3 of the uniform hedges out this summer. That will be all I can handle for now.

ps I love azaleas and we have them here but they have to be in shade. The hedge area gets too much brutal sun. Maybe one would grow on the corner to the left of the front door where the big green shrub is.

The house was built in 1983 and yes, I think the shrubs are the same age.

PSS, I really like weigelas and they're suppose to grown in zone 9, but mine died right off. Everyone said they don't do well here.

Last edited by Startingover; 05-29-2013 at 08:04 PM.
Startingover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 08:01 PM   #35
Retired from the grind
 
gregzoll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Midwest - Central Illinois
Posts: 14,281
Rewards Points: 2,224
Default

outdated shrubs?


Go with the Weigela then. Mine are in direct sun, and love it. There are also Azaleas that are full sun, that would work, but most are dwarf's which we have, so they stay low and spread out about three feet, so make sure you find the ones that are the right size. There is also Hibiscus, etc.. It is really up to you how much you initially want to sink in, then it is just minor upkeep, like replacing the pine mulch every year, that goes away.

As for the yard, once you get it dethached, which you can get a machine that looks like a lawn mower, which will also bag the crud it brings up, then you can start on getting the lawn to start thickening up. Check with the UF/IFAS Extension about what else you need to do. http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/...l_testing.html
__________________
Ren: Now listen, Cadet. I've got a job for you. See this button? Ren: Don't touch it! It's the History Eraser button, you fool! Stimpy: So what'll happen? Ren: That's just it. We don't know. Maybe something bad, maybe something good. I guess we'll never know, 'cause you're going to guard it. You won't touch it, will you?
gregzoll is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to gregzoll For This Useful Post:
Startingover (05-30-2013)
Old 05-29-2013, 08:13 PM   #36
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: central Florida
Posts: 1,280
Rewards Points: 632
Blog Entries: 5
Default

outdated shrubs?


gregzoll, are you saying that getting rid of the shutters would help with the updated look I'm trying to achieve? I have to take them off anyway, to paint, so will leave them off awhile and see how that strikes me.

thankyou
Startingover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 08:18 PM   #37
Retired from the grind
 
gregzoll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Midwest - Central Illinois
Posts: 14,281
Rewards Points: 2,224
Default

outdated shrubs?


Quote:
Originally Posted by Startingover View Post
gregzoll, are you saying that getting rid of the shutters would help with the updated look I'm trying to achieve? I have to take them off anyway, to paint, so will leave them off awhile and see how that strikes me.

thankyou
I would, they are outdated. If you have a local Habitat Rehab store, drop them off there, so you are not tempted to put them back up. Worst things ever allowed on homes, when they have no purpose other than faux decorations.
__________________
Ren: Now listen, Cadet. I've got a job for you. See this button? Ren: Don't touch it! It's the History Eraser button, you fool! Stimpy: So what'll happen? Ren: That's just it. We don't know. Maybe something bad, maybe something good. I guess we'll never know, 'cause you're going to guard it. You won't touch it, will you?
gregzoll is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to gregzoll For This Useful Post:
Startingover (05-30-2013)
Old 05-29-2013, 08:31 PM   #38
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: central Florida
Posts: 1,280
Rewards Points: 632
Blog Entries: 5
Default

outdated shrubs?


Wonder if I can rent a 'de-thatcher' at the rental place where I got the pressure washer? I want to rent a small chainsaw to help with all the cutting back I have to do.

The thing that's POPULAR here are crape myrtles. I dislike them simply because they're over used. But, they do grow with no effort. The flowers look like the lilacs up north. One bad feature is they lose their leaves in winter. It'd be hard to find a yard without them.
Startingover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 09:07 PM   #39
Retired from the grind
 
gregzoll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Midwest - Central Illinois
Posts: 14,281
Rewards Points: 2,224
Default

outdated shrubs?


Do not rent, go buy yourself a Stihl MS-180 series. You will be using it to get rid of those other trees, and worth the investment. http://www.stihlusa.com/products/cha...omeowner-saws/ I have one, and have the 16" bar on it, with the same type of chain, that is used on the one that fire departments use for cutting through roofs. We have cut down Maples and Walnuts with it, running it for over 12 hours in one day, with no stopping it.

I take it up to my in-laws, to cut down Popular's and Pine, when we clear cut areas that can end up with blow downs, if they are left to be. I have not used mine in maybe two years, but have it ready to go if need to, and will still start with one pull. Just emptied the tank & oil, cleaned out all of the sawdust and chips. I need to get it out this Summer sometime and change the plug, since it has not been changed in four years, since we have had it, but would still work with the one that is in there, if I need to use it.

As for the rental place, sure they do, if they have a good range of yard care equipment, and stuff like tile saws and other hand tools. Give them a call in the morning. Otherwise, maybe talk to a few lawn care companies in the area, and see what they would charge to get rid of the old shrubs, the trees trimmed, and de-thatch the yard, then carry off all the debris.

__________________
Ren: Now listen, Cadet. I've got a job for you. See this button? Ren: Don't touch it! It's the History Eraser button, you fool! Stimpy: So what'll happen? Ren: That's just it. We don't know. Maybe something bad, maybe something good. I guess we'll never know, 'cause you're going to guard it. You won't touch it, will you?
gregzoll is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to gregzoll For This Useful Post:
Startingover (05-30-2013)
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Advice on planting some shrubs. Austin83 Landscaping & Lawn Care 0 03-16-2013 11:09 PM
what shrubs are shade tolerant for maine cottage floridagramps Landscaping & Lawn Care 0 09-15-2011 12:33 AM
what around the low maintenance shrubs? hohadcr Landscaping & Lawn Care 2 08-07-2011 05:02 AM
how to remove over grown cedar shrubs littlered Landscaping & Lawn Care 4 01-29-2011 03:47 PM
my shrubs are growing unevenly analogmusicman Landscaping & Lawn Care 5 11-09-2009 04:09 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.