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Old 06-21-2017, 01:17 PM   #1
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Types of plants/flowers?

Hi all,

It's my first year starting to add some curb appeal to the front yard, and I've dug up very old mulch that was really never maintained or added to from the previous owners. We are looking for easy to maintain flowers and plants to just freshen it up for now (next year that old looking wall will be torn down and redone). We don't want to kill our bank account with this but would love some ideas. We are on Long Island, so also not sure if it's best to just use the topsoil, or to add mulch back into the equation?

Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 06-21-2017, 02:40 PM   #2
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Re: Types of plants/flowers?

You can easily and at no cost test your soil to determine its structure buy filling a pickle jar bout half full, + a little more of your soil , add water to nearly full and shake vigorously for a bit. A bit is more than 30 seconds but less than 5 minutes, then allow to set over night. This will give your extension agent something to view so she/he can recommend soil structure conditioning if need be.

A showy evergreen that may work in your gardening zone is any one of the many cultivars of Aucuba. Research this for hardiness in your zone.

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Old 06-22-2017, 07:28 AM   #3
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I would take the picture that you have, along with one from a bit farther back to my local independent nursery, not a big box, and seek some input there. They are the ones who know your climate and will have the best products and advice. Maybe you buy two or three bushes that will mature into focal points, maybe a few perennials, and then some annuals that you can use to add color whatever, but can be readily replaced next year once you develop a better idea of what you want. There are a lot of ornamental grasses that don't have as much color, but can be very attractive, with minimal maintenance. If crime is a concern, maybe you want to get something prickly started under the windows, keeping in mind of course that you still need to be able to get to them yourself to clean and maintain. The main thing to keep in mind as you plant bushes of any sort is that time does march on, so pay attention to the size that they will become, not what they are when you buy them, or you'll have regrets down the road. As far as soil, unless it has an odor or otherwise appears unsuitable I would go with what you have, but, doing it "by the book", a soil sample as SS suggested is always a good place to start.

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