- Mrs. Mary Jane
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall
Hi ladies, anyone here got any experience with landscaping and gardening? I have questions for you!
Mr. Mary Jane’s and my new house came with a rather neglected yard. Someone had good intentions… but it was let go and has obviously been that way for several seasons. Obv. we want to spruce it up!
What we have to work with:
–several little areas that have black tarp, covered by some dirt (pretty shallow; i can see the tarp poking through in some places). On top of the dirt is pebbles, and in some places there is coarse wooden mulching on top of the pebbles. There are several dead and dried out bushes in these beds, as well as some overgrown greenery (and a crumbling birdbath in one).
What I’d like to restore it to:
–Well, we’re dumping the bird bath and we’d like the pebbles and mulch gone too. Mulch blows away like crazy here (and gets stuck in the mower) and pebbles… I just don’t like them. We’ll probably rip up the plastic and till under/plant grass in some of the beds, which are in just plain odd locations.
–But for the rest of the beds (mostly surrounding the house, but there’s one fair-sized roundy one in the front yard too) I’d like to plant some attractive annuals and perennials.
A pro landscaper isn’t in our budget at all. So my biggest question is: HOW? Do i need that black plastic tarping stuff? What’s it for? Seems like it’d hinder the roots.
Also, there is a window box which right now is full of dirt and dead plants from last year. I’d take it down, but it’s affixed to the house pretty solidly. How would you deal with that? I’d love to put flowers in it. But what about drainage and all that?
And lastly… I’d like to have a garden for veggies, herbs etc. Do I just tear up a bunch of ground for that? Or do I need the black plastic/etc? I’m such a N00b! Any advice or links you may have is much appreciated. 😉