I guess my first step was asking my neighbor Diana if it was ok with her if I landscaped the area because a small strip was her property. ( I promised to maintain the area!) Then we killed the grass last fall and had her lawn man leave all the shredded leaves there. Early this spring I put down cardboard and newspapers for my weed barrier, then topped with the leaves then very rich compost and a whole skid of topsoil. You want to give young plants a good healthy start and the soil was so hard and compacted the tiny roots wouldn't have had a chance.
|Leaf mulch and topsoil- early spring|
|I scattered seeds last fall from my favorite early bloomer|
Lenten Rose and dug lots of tiny starts. It will take a few
years to get to this point but that's half the fun.
|Along my neighbors home I used hosta's and ostrich ferns and for some color|
a few columbine plants. On our side I used the Lenten Roses, and bleeding hearts.
|From the front|