This is to finish the landscaping project/article I was working on earlier this summer. Alas, summer was bizzy and I’m only now getting back to the fun I had.
So…after the landscaping material is in place, you need something to hold it down asap or the wind will roll it up like a sausage and blow it across the yard until it doesn’t know which way home is.
I set a few large rocks on the material to hold things down. It’s important to add the smaller rocks afterward to build up around the larger ones so they big ones don’t look like they are sitting ‘naked’ on top of the ground. I put the clean gravel on top very shallowly because I’ll later need to dig through it in places to plant shrubs and flowers. The next item I’m going to place on top is the dried up old tree I gathered from the bush on top of the fabric.
I leave the scene for a few days, and once in a while, when I wander by, I try to picture how nature would set things. I get ideas for this plant and that. I take into account the colors of different plants that I have collected (they are waiting in a temporary spot in the garden) and their seasons.
When I get an inspiration I get out the shovel, scratch back the right spot, cut the fabric in a “X” and fold it back, dig a hole and nestle a plant into its new home. The fabric gets brought back towards the plant and a few small rocks are brought up around the base and that’s it.
After starting a project like this, your eye will pick up on things you see when you are going for a walk in the bush or things that you discover others have done that looks appealing. Study why you like it and why things ended up sitting like they are. Don’t overdo the shrubbery – the rocks are important too.
Random is beautiful to me.