One landscaping weekend has turned into a landscaping month. What started as “trimming the bushes” quickly escalated into pulling out palm trees, redesigning our front area, many trips to garden centers, loads of dirt, lots on money, and it’s still not finished. Here’s a quick recap.
I will apologize in advance for the quality of photos, most are from a cellphone camera.
Our ancient sago palms were unruly and leaning over our walkway. All five of them. Dropping their poisonous seeds and scratching us on a daily basis. Sounds super inviting to our future guests, right? Not at all. Here is why:
Sago Palm Toxicity
Pineapples and SpongeBob Plants
So I asked Scott to trim the palms, and trim them he did. He was like “Edward Scissorhands” out there, swiping up, swiping left, and swiping right. I went outside after putting the baby down for a nap and stood in awe… in awestruck horror looking at our five giant pineapples. Now we laugh but there were unpleasant words exchanged on this lovely day of landscaping. We quickly decided the sago palms had to go. Along with the diseased boxwoods. Quickly followed by the “SpongeBob the Square Pants” bushes.
The next morning I woke up to conquer the day, but when I turned onto my side, the bed was empty. Scott was already outside with a rope, one side attached to the sago palm and the other to the Yukon. He was attempting to pull them out with our truck. Until the rope snapped. This was followed by hours of agony getting the five palms out of the ground.
The following weekend, we went after the diseased and dying boxwoods. My husband was still licking his sago palm wounds, but he was such a champ and helped me get them out of the ground. Finally, we borrowed a chainsaw and got the uneven “SpongeBob” bushes out.
To this day, we have pulled out three large oleander trees, five sago palms, fourteen boxwoods, bulb after bulb of daffodils, and hundreds of elephant ears. I wanted a home with existing landscaping, well I got it!
A Blank Slate
The next day we dug what felt like a million holes (through a maze of roots from the previous palms). After many trips to local garden centers and discussions with three landscapers, I was able to create a short list of my options for replacement. I will continue with this in PART TWO of our “Fall Landscaping” journey. Think… hydrangeas, evergreens, azaleas, roses, irises, lilies, and the list goes on. Part two will include our choices for our front landscaping, along with our other considerations.
Until then, enjoy this sad and empty front yard. With a teaser of Encore Azaleas still in their pots.