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New Homeowners’ Guide to Landscaping Series

Date: April 6, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 12111 West Broad Street

Landscaping can seem an overwhelming process whether you’re a new homeowner or someone that wants to refresh the look outside their home. Join Strange’s landscaping expert Kevin Cutlip as he breaks the landscaping process down step-by-step in this free, three part series of classes.

The class breakdown is as follows:

Saturday, March 9th @ 10:00 AM

Part 1: The Basics

Learning Your Yard
North, South, East, and West. What are your exposures? Where is the Sun when? Which direction does the front of your house face? Are there any wet areas? Any large, immovable trees casting a lot of shade? Start your digital garden journal. Take plenty of pictures and meet us on the covered walk!

Moving in & Tearing Out
It’s your house now, so give your landscape a fresh start too by figuring out what in the existing landscape you want to keep and what has got to go. Freshen up the potentially tired foundation planting, remove or prune anything that has gotten too big or neglected. Spruce up your entrance way or clean up around the walk.

Basics of Getting Started Reviving that Tired Lawn
How to remove brown spot. Basic fertilization. Over seeding, Getting rid of bare spots.

Saturday, March 16th @ 10:00 AM

Part 2: The ‘Bones’

Time to Dig Some Holes
Now that you’ve gotten rid of the old, it’s time to put in the new. Figure out your spacing. How much usable area along the front of your house do you have? Put your “bones” in. What foundation plants will work for you? Decide what kind of “look” you want. Classic, fancy, color, conifer, broadleaf, deciduous?

Sick of Your Neighbors Yet?
Now that you’re settled in it’s time to block out your neighbor’s kids swing set. Screening Plants.

Saturday, April 6th @ 10:00 AM

Part 3: Make It Yours

Make It Yours
Now it’s time to make your yard truly yours. Find those cool specimen plants that will make your yard different and unique and reflect YOUR personal taste, not just the Jones’ . Pick a Japanese Maple, a weeping spruce or cedar, Mahonia, Exbury Azalea, Edworthia, Illicium, Flowering Cherry, etc. Plant on the edge of the yard or near a patio or deck so you can chat about it with visiting company/conversation topic.

Fine Tune
Cool perennials to accent foundation and walkway. Make a container, make two. Add inexpensive annuals for seasonal blasts of color. Fill in that shady or wet spot.

Plan For The Future
This is the last step. You’ve got everything the way you want it and now it’s just about upkeep and a final touch. Kids? Plant a tree or unique shrub together and watch it grow and change as they do. Second home/middle aged couple? Plant a shade tree to enjoy after retirement.

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