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post #1 of 23 Old 06-03-2018, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Bed Renovations

Major project time... Well, more like years of postponed annual maintenance catching up to me...

We're redoing the (mulch / perennial) beds which were installed about 10 years ago. Some of these were replanted once about 5 years ago. But, they're all suffering from a lack of cleanup.

So, I'm starting with the smallest one first. This one was only planted with daylillies, two different colors (yellow and peach). We think the orange are nice too, but anyone who has daylillies in this part of the state has orange, so we think that's boring.

Anyway, we're expanding this bed (corner of driveway and sidewalk), which gets full sun all day and into the evening. We will divide and spread the daylillies, and plant a dwarf spruce and some double knock-out roses.

The bed really got taken over by weeds over the past year, mostly white clover, and some sort of grass. Dandelions also got in there. The daylillies themselves have grown and expanded very well. So we'll, in fact that a couple of the original clumps grew together (different colors, of course), so I'll move the "mixed" ones to a new area.

To give a sense of scale, the pole is 4.5 feet from the driveway, and 8 feet from the sidewalk. Yes, it needs paint. My wife made the mistake of pointing that out as I was digging, needless to say, it's now her job to remedy that...

Here are some pics of progress so far. Only tools used to this point: digging fork, Stihl Kombi trimmer, and wheelbarrow. Don't worry, the tractors will be getting dirty too...

Mike
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post #2 of 23 Old 06-03-2018, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Bed Renovations

Started making progress, got derailed by a repair project and kids baseball...

Finally got my bigger cart back in action. Will definitely need all the tools to finish this project!

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Some pics of the daylillies resting until I can get them back in the ground. Supposed to be cool and rainy here the next few days, so I'm not worried about them drying out.

Peach
Yellow
Mixed

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post #3 of 23 Old 06-04-2018, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Here's a better shot of the tools, LOL...

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post #4 of 23 Old 06-04-2018, 12:11 PM
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Re: Bed Renovations

A little trick I've learned that really works... You don't need to get all the weeds out of a bed like that. After edging and moving your plants or planting new plants, whichever. Lay down newspaper about 3 layers thick and put 4 inches of mulch on top of the newspaper. It's like some kind of magic trick how well this works.

It improves the soil too.

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post #5 of 23 Old 06-04-2018, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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I'm really glad that you mentioned that. I've heard about that, as well as using cardboard, even to kill the grass (in the area we will expand into), rather than trying to dig it out or till it in.

This pic shows a rough idea of how much we plan to extend this bed, maybe even a bit more. Essentially, 4+ times bigger.

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I'm really glad that you mentioned that. I've heard about that, as well as using cardboard, even to kill the grass (in the area we will expand into), rather than trying to dig it out or till it in.
Yeah cardboard works too... I've been able to do some creative gardening around here without the backbreaking prep work this way. (seeing as my back is already pretty broken up, this is a good thing, I think)

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post #7 of 23 Old 06-11-2018, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Well, decided to do this the old-fashioned (HARD) way, using my tiller to chop up the sod and dig the bigger bed. First, I had to do some minor surgery to the tiller...

https://www.mytractorforum.com/214-ti...horse-pto.html

Worked on the tiller all day yesterday, got it running by the end of the day. So, tonight after work, I broke out more toys and set to work!!!

Started by marking off the area with some tomato stakes. The bed is going from that small triangle to a 17x17 foot square (based on the light post being roughly 8.5 feet from the street).

Next, loaded up some tools into the cart, dragged it down with the Husqy, and scalped the grass to really mark off the area to be tilled.

After that, the Troy Bilt Horse tiller came out to play for about an hour! Chewed through all that sod like butter. Set the throttle as low as it would go without stalling while digging, set the tines fairly high, and made multiple passes in opposite directions. After getting the sod chopped, lowered the tines some more, turned 90 degrees, and ran multiple passes in opposite directions. Got down a good 4-6 inches.

BTW, I love carts, served as a rolling tool box, and held all the rocks that I found...

Now, as you can see in the picture, the area where the bed originally was has much darker soil. The area where there was sod is a much lighter color. So, I need to add compost...

Out comes the Craftsman with JB Jr!!! Took me about 45 minutes, but that's because I had to manually load the bucket with a pitchfork (need to replace a switch, I can only lift or curl, depending on where I put the disconnects). I chose dump, and moved at least a dozen loads of composted leaves before running out of daylight. Found an interesting snake in the leaf pile, couldn't get a good pic, though.

Anyway, will be working on this again in a few days. Definitely more grunt work ahead, but this is major progress!!!

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More pics of tonight's work...

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That's going to be a huge plant area. Well, I bought this the other day. There's 50 Home Depots within 30 miles of my home and only one of them had only one of these 17 cu ft Brinly dump cart.They gave me 50 off the list price of 354 for Father's Day.
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Had some unexpected time available today... Started with tilling in the compost and cleaning up the edges along the asphalt.

Then, moved more toys in (replaced some tires and tubes so I could put all three carts to work). One cart for tools and rocks, one for manure and potting soil, the other to move the plants back into position...

Set to measuring and digging. Had some more help from the 11-year old!

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Got the spruce and one rose bush in, then started to run out of daylight. I knew that if I'd dug any more holes, I'd be cleaning up in the dark...

So, I mulched what I'd done, put everything away, and walked into the house as the light faded from the sky.

Speaking of mulch, there's two more tools getting busy: trailer and wheelbarrow! I save $11 per yard by picking it up, and having it on the trailer means I can move it (all) around in the yard, rather than having to work around a pile.

Because I was short on time (and didn't have much ready to cover), I didn't bother hooking up the truck, just hoofed it with the wheelbarrow. I did make it easy for myself by having the trailer of mulch uphill of the bed, gravity helped me get it down there!

Anyway, this soil could really use a bunch more amendment, but for now, I put a half shovel of composted cow manure into each hole, threw in two full shovels of Miracle Grow potting soil, and mixed that up in the hole with some of the existing loam. Put the plant in, filled each hole with more of the potting soil, wet that down, covered the top with loam, and pressed it in with my foot. Then I took a bow rake and created a saucer/dams around each plant, and covered everything with a good 3-4 inches of mulch.

Have four more roses to go, then the daylillies. I'll probably use newspaper around the outer edges of the bed, under the mulch, to try and keep the weeds and grass out.

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Pics after mulching...

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Echo PB751T backpack blower
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Nice project and looking good. I like the way the bed came together.

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Thanks!

Lost the last two nights due to prior commitments. Need to wrap it up this weekend, have several others to go. May not have time to be as elaborate as this one, but need to at least replace the mulch.

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More progress tonight. Got home from work a little earlier than usual (around 5), put my yard work clothes on, and got right outside. When the boys (7 and 11) got home, I put them to work too!

Got the last four roses planted and mulched, put everything away, then started cutting the lawn by twilight and finished with headlights. Including a quick break to eat dinner, I worked for about four solid hours.

Next up (tomorrow) is edging the bed, dividing and replanting the daylillies, and finishing the mulch in this bed. Rototilling this bed has REALLY paid off, digging for the plants is MUCH easier after tilling!

If time allows (HA!), I'll try to get some other beds started.

Besides working with the boys, the highlight of the night was when one of my neighbors walked by and asked, "Do you think you have enough equipment out for this job, Mike?" I paused for a moment, smiled and simply said, "Yes!"

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Stihl Kombi KM130R: string trimmer, mini cultivator, bed edger, pole saw
Echo PB751T backpack blower
Husqvarna 350 chainsaw

RETIRED TRACTORS:
2003 Craftsman GT5000 (all used up)
2003 Craftsman DLT3000 (all burned up)

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