Welcome to Louisville Kentucky and a brand new house for my daughter Liz to start a new phase of her life. Recently Mr. Fix-it and I traveled the three hours north to help Liz move into her beautiful brand new house. It is a house I simply love! I've never lived in a brand new house and I found this one to be most cool with a great contemporary layout that works so well for Liz that I feel the house will be perfect.
And here is the happy new homeowner after a long day of moving into the new home-a long hot very busy day and she's still smiling! That was more than you could say for me as I was pooped and hot and miserable on a very humid southern day.
As a housewarming gift I will be designing Liz's brand new landscape. Working with a blank slate is my dream. It is so much easier to design a landscape with no existing plants. Of course, with most new houses there are a few plants that were installed by the landscaper and they are really the subject of this post-or rant.
Here is a picture of the landscaper's package. It consists of exactly five plants. The five plants are two 'China Girl' hollies and three 'Schip' laurels. I bet you can notice the shrubs are all planted rather close to the house-less than two feet to be exact. Perhaps you are thinking that is my complaint? No, that is not it. I totally understand why the landscaper planted these shrubs (that will grow to at least 5-6' wide and run right into the house) too close to the house. He or she did it simply to save money on mulch. Two feet of garden space is a whole lot less to mulch than like six feet out from the house. I understand this is a pretty typical practice and kind of expect it.
The part I did not expect was planting two shrubs that will grow to 18-24 feet tall in front of windows that are a mere five feet off the ground! I just don't get this. Do landscapers even read the tags of the plants they are buying? I am sure 'Dwarf Burford' hollies would have done the same job as the 'China Girl' hollies and they would not outgrow the windows. I am rather incensed about this situation because while my daughter knows enough to know this is not smart planting, many other unsuspecting homeowers do not know enough to remove those shrubs right away and plant them in a better location. A location where they can grow to their full potential without having to be hacked to pieces several times per year for however long they live in their location. I've seen this kind of situation way too many times. You've seen it too. Almost everyone has moved into a house with overgrown shrubs that were planted way too close to the house. The solution is to either prune the heck out of them or remove them. Removing them when they are full grown is not an easy undertaking at all. I just don't understand why a landscaper can't take two minutes to look at the shrub he or she is planting and plant the right shrub or tree in the right spot-or don't plant at all....
in the garden....
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