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I absolutely LOVED this animation. Very beautiful.Thanks for sharing Sawsee.JDH
Hey JDH! Yes, there is something very special with this animation! How's your house plans?
Coming along. We've met with builders to get bids. We are waiting for those to come back. Very anxious to get started.I've planted a lot of trees on the property as privacy screens or backdrops along the property boundaries. 80 so far. We had a very late spring freeze (lasted about a week) and I thought I lost everything I planted, but it's all coming back. Woo hoo!I'm very excited to start landscaping and gardening, once the house is in the final building stages.JDH
Hey JDH! In March, we had a sudden cold snap and I thought we had lost a bunch of plants too. You will have to send photos as your place develops as I would enjoy viewing them. Did that landscape architiect ever give you input?We had one person come by and they gave us an interesting suggestion: The further away from the house, the plants/trees should become indigenous and require less care & maintenance. For example: plant roses & herbs near the house; furthest away we would have wild berries, etc.
The Landscape Architect hasn't yet, he said everyone comes to him in the spring and they should really be approaching him in the fall the year before - otherwise everything is rushed and not carefully planned.I'm excited to hear his suggestions though.I have pictures, I definitely share them with you.JDH
I am still marveling that you planted 80 trees! That is a lot of work! Was kind of soil do you have?
Pretty rich top soil, lots of rocks though, further down is clay (mostly clay below about 2 feet down).I've hauled in several loads of compost and mulch.Walmart had river birch trees for $8. And I couldn't pass that up.Plus we've had a lot of rain, that made digging easier.In a couple years those trees I just planted should really start to fill out nicely.JDH
Sounds like you have a great piece of property! Having good soil, to begin with, saves so much time!
What is the soil like where you are?The property was farm land for a little over a century, it was a very old homestead.But in the past two decades it was really junked up.JDH
Hey JDH! You're probably lucky that "two decades it was really junked up." This dormant, under-used state would have allowed the soil to recover from any over-farming that may have incurred. Do you have many worms?Is most of the property in pasture?Our soil is remnants of the glaciers. So lots and lots of rocks, and clay, under about a foot of top soil. In the garden areas we have trucked in soil and compost, plus our small improvements (cover crops & mulching) have begun to improve the soil fertility. It sounds like you have a head start!
Mostly pasture, pasture used for horses. I see infinitely more worms after I compost or mulch.When I was planting trees I discovered we have biting red ants, hordes of them. They had infested my mulch and compost stock piles. My hands were swollen and itchy from all the bites. I still have whelps on my hands and fingers.JDH
Ouch! If you can find the anthill entrance, you can pour boiling hot water into it. The other method is to mix sugar with borax and leave it at the entrance of the anthill or location of the ants. Ideally try to block off or cover the solution, so no other creature can get to it. I understand baking soda and sugar works too, which may be more environmentally friendly.Encourage birds as they will pick off a few.
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