If you live on an acre or more of land with your Barrington property you might wonder how much “gardening” you’ll need to do. If you don’t have green fingers the thought of doing your own garden might scare you into hiring a service to do it all for you. Whether you choose to have a service do your lawn, your mulching, weeding and even planning and planting is up to you but take it from me, planting a flower bed you are going to take care of all by yourself and watching it grow is both rewarding and relaxing.
I live on a 2+ acre lot of land which means we have a lot of lawn in addition to the trees, shrubs, patio and flower beds to take care of. Being the do it yourself kind of home owners we take care of all of it, every year. When you buy a property you inherit the existing landscaping and like us you’ll likely want to change a few things.
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The trick is to make changes gradually. This year it was time to re-plant the flower bed by our patio. Last fall we cut out the overgrown evergreens but left the roots until after winter. Once the snow had gone and the ground had thawed and been rained on, we took advantage of the wet and loose much and dirt to pull out the substantial roots and cleared the bed of thistles.
I love evergreen trees but in beds they grow so fast and never look as pretty as flowers and shrubs. Time to plan the bed for best year round color. I have to be careful not to buy shrubs that will be eaten by the deer. (Look on the labels, they usually indicate if deer proof or not). A couple of weeks ago we started the project by getting some Heathers that will create a low growing hedge around the side of the patio. Then I wanted to find low growing perennials to tall shrubs to create a bed of color that gains height to the back. And here we are. I have an existing Magnolia at the back with two new grasses and a Lilac that will grow in front. Then it steps down in size to three different colored Azaleas, the red ones have now flowered; then in front some low growing perennials that will eventually merge to edge the patio in color.
It’s a labor of love and planning, having added extra mulch I’ll need to be sure to keep it well watered until the plants are all established. Next spring it will be twice the size and ablaze with color. In fall I have a little space for two or three “Mums” to round out the fall color.
Whether you have a small or large garden in Barrington, the best place to plant your flowering shrubs is close to the house. When it’s time to sell, the vibrant colors will attract buyers. Be sure to keep the weeds under control. Trees are better planted away from the house, those tree roots can become large and invasive after time.
Where To Buy Plants
There’s no shortage of places to buy annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. Whether you choose Home Depot who offer a one year guarantee, just keep the receipt; or any of the local nurseries, don’t be afraid to ask the staff for help on what to plant in your garden and location. Enjoy your spring gardening in Barrington, whether it’s large or just a hanging basket, you’ll enjoy the color and sense of pride in achieving it.
If you are thinking of selling your Barrington home, we are happy to give you some quick garden ideas to add a pop of color while you are on the market.