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'kidney' in middle of front yard

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new 'kidney' bed

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Category Gardening
Type Plant or Flower
Style Casual, Outdoorsy, Traditional
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What materials did you use? fibrous dirt mulch, stones made by man, assorted flower and plant material, stone adhesive

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What are you most proud of? Healthy plants and can add annuals each year down front, street side to add strongest color.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Make sure to be aware of topography of the yard and work with it. I have side to side rows and had to work the 'kidney' shape against that type of movement. Wanted the end result to be attractive and flowing. We get EVERYONE'S runoff and that's the reason for the 'rows', unfortunately but the original engineers, or lack thereof, made the best use of our property so as not to totally destroy it when the rains come! And I have it smack in the middle of the front yard so as to catch that sunshine!

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Pretty!

03/04/2012 Flag

Thank you.

03/04/2012 Flag

The above photo doesn't show it but the 'kidney' is in the center of the yard, free of any other borders. The kidney also sits on a berm that dissects the yard at midpoint to the front yard. So the kidney is dead center of the yard to catch the full sun, most of the day and to have some decent run-off. I first formed the kidney shape with the top 'cap' stones to some building stones made for hardscaping at the big box stores. I stacked them I believe, three-high, staggering the open spaces as best I could. Certainly didn't do any math with this project, myself. I am assuming I used my usual trick (not original with me) of putting several layers of wet newspaper over the grass in order to kill it, right before we put a large amount of the stringy-type mulch on top. When you do this you have to treat each planting hole individually (amending the soil, pulling away grass and it's roots, if still left, removing rocks, etc.) Then I proceeded to plant my flowers and plants, that liked full sun, that is at least four hours sun per day. I hope this helps.

03/04/2012 Flag