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The patch where the tree was is now a brown patch with mostly tree chips. Perfect for a hamster, but I'm thinking not so great for grass. Should I try to dig this out a few inches and then put down top soil?

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I thought you had to go to work. You back in the country house again? And you are still waiting for someone to re-landscape for you and can't water because you aren't around all the time. Go for hardscape/birdbath/and the self-soaking pots. They are expensive and some plants don't like them (the ones that like to dry out between watering). This is the perfect time to make friends with neighbors or your local gardening shop and pry loose the coinage in your pockets. Pay to have someone make it beautiful to fit your lifestyle and PAY to have it maintained, watered, pruned, raked, whatever. That way it will be truly a spot for leisure. I like the white and black, too. Painted Ladies take a careful eye for color and a lot of upkeep and color matching as things fade and wear.

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I would like to plant a weeping cherry tree that was discussed elsewhere which sounds lovely. I have a south facing back yard which is where I want this tree, near the house as part of a bunch of azaleas and sort of landscape them all together near a patio I will be putting in, soon I hope.

Question: is this too close to the house for such a tree? Is it like a weeping willow which can hurt the pipes? the area is brightly sunlit right now but gets shady in deep summer. I have a lot of pin oaks here. Will my cherry tree survive here?

 

Backstory, I'm sorry, i just saw this (over a month laster). I wouldn't want to say about the willow without seeing how close to your house you're talking about. You'd need to ask someone who is more of a specialist but those weeping cherry trees come in dwarf versions (I know, I have one). I can't remember but I think their root systems only grow to a bit more than their eventual spread and height. I love mine, it was beautiful a month and a half ago when it blossomed. They come in various types, my sister has a regular one with the gorgeous delicate small flowers, mine is the pom pom version with dense clusters of those blossoms.

 

Stone, I love love love that house. And the story only makes it even better. You need a rocking chair for the front of the house where you can sip your lemonade and iced tea this summer. And when you landscape it, somewhere there must be a swinging bench to enjoy it all.

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Stone, I love love love that house. And the story only makes it even better. You need a rocking chair for the front of the house where you can sip your lemonade and iced tea this summer. And when you landscape it, somewhere there must be a swinging bench to enjoy it all.

Thanks. I love it, and I worry that I'm not taking good enough care of it. It's survived over 100 years, and I'd hate to have it fall apart on my watch.

 

As for the front yard, I'm just going to get some grass planted where the big tree was, and then I'll move on. My other big decision is a patch of lawn to the right of the house, between the pond and the stream. It would be a great place for my kids and the Kennedy family to play touch football, but, alas, I have no kids, the Kennedys never stop by any more, and there is a big soggy patch in the middle. I may just start dumping mulch, leaves, etc., on the patch to try to build it up. But I've also considered planting a weeping willow -- which would have the added benefit of gaining more privacy.

 

The hammock is in the back, which is where I spend most of my lemonade and beer sipping time.

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We're putting in a weeping willow next to the pond - it's going in on Saturday. Biggest we could get is about 18' - so just bear in mind that in your lifetime, it's not going to be a huge grand tree...

Tilt.

 

Willows grow VERY fast. My parents planted a small one, about 8", in our yard in New Jersey. By the time my Dad sold the house, about 15 years later, the thing was close to 30 ft. tall.

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But I've also considered planting a weeping willow -- which would have the added benefit of gaining more privacy.

 

The hammock is in the back, which is where I spend most of my lemonade and beer sipping time.

Weeping willows grow best with a punt moored beneath the branches. Punts require lounging with strawberries and champagne not beer and lemonade. You'll have the Kennedys back in no time.

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and there is a big soggy patch in the middle. I may just start dumping mulch, leaves, etc., on the patch to try to build it up.

Soggy patch might be important for drainage or indicate trouble. Just leveling it may disquise something awful or wonderful. Get input.

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and there is a big soggy patch in the middle. I may just start dumping mulch, leaves, etc., on the patch to try to build it up.

Soggy patch might be important for drainage or indicate trouble. Just leveling it may disquise something awful or wonderful. Get input.

...when up through the ground come a bubblin' crude!

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and there is a big soggy patch in the middle. I may just start dumping mulch, leaves, etc., on the patch to try to build it up.

Soggy patch might be important for drainage or indicate trouble. Just leveling it may disquise something awful or wonderful. Get input.

I think it's just that there is a depression that dips below the level of the pond, which is just a few feet away.

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