weeks months last year painting my house in an effort to up the curb appeal. While I was thrilled with how my house looked, I hated how beat up the space under my pine tree looked.
I knew grass would never grow under the tree so I went to Google. Google told me that hostas love it under pine trees as do columbines.
I found the two packages on the left at Wal-Mart and the blue ones at Tuesday Morning. Then I bought these to hopefully fill in the empty spots.
The problem with planting around this tree is the roots are pretty close to the surface. I was nervous to dig and disturb them so I had to figure out how to build up some dirt.
Last week I went to Wal-Mart and bought a bunch of these retaining wall bricks. I loaded them into my car and then unloaded them in my driveway. Then I started to build the wall. The ground is really unlevel and again, I couldn’t dig a trench to put these in properly. So, they got loaded back into my car, driven to Wal-Mart, loaded into a shopping cart and returned. That was a lot of work!
While I love learning new things, I really wanted this project to be done so I stuck with what I knew and built a box out of wood.
Then I scavenged all the flagstone I had around my house (more lifting!) and built a rough square around the box.
I didn’t have enough stones to do a whole second layer but I think it’ll be okay. I just needed it to be high enough to hold up a layer of potting soil.
Then I planted the hostas I have, leaving room for the others to get her in mid-April.
I’m so happy! You can still kind of see how unlevel that wooden box is but it’s the best I can do. I just need these hostas to fill it in and they will hide the box completely….in a couple of years.
Now I need to fill in the dirt spots in the yard with more grass seed and tackle a big project on my tree lawn!