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5/18/08 on The Garden Police: "Tarzan Stops Here"



Before- The Courtyard with "pots from Hell"

Enough already with all the dead plants!


(Would it be too much trouble to wipe the table clean?)


(After- A Courtyard Worth Coming Home To!)

Garden Police Solution:
The first order of business in this case was to rip out the lawn. Michael and I felt no guilt doing this since our homeowner already let it die and made no excuses for not watering the lawn or taking care of it. Good bye grass. There was a giant azalea growing into the olive tree that had to go so that the olive tree could to be maintained and highlighted in the new landscape. Ditto for a dozen other plants still sitting root bound in their plastic nursery pots, that never got planted. Half way through our clearing we had to call for backup, enter the Green Team. Gabriel Rodriguez and his landscape crew to the rescue.

Michael and I concentrated on clearing the hundreds of potted plants and old furniture from the courtyard once we saw the Green Team was in control of the front yard. A giant, menacing cactus was removed from the entry way after I was introduced to it the hard way. Garden Police work can be dangerous! Overgrown camellia bushes were moved from the courtyard to a more suitable site outside of the courtyard walls. This opened up the walkway to the front door. Specimen-size agaves were carefully transplanted to the new front yard garden. With the front yard and court yard clear, Michael and I were ready to discuss the new garden plan.





 

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