greendougherty – Renovating a Section of the Dougherty Garden

greendougherty – Renovating a Section of the Dougherty Garden – April 11, 2017

The following set of pictures detail most of the renovation so that I could remove an overgrown area of a section of the Dougherty Garden.  There were several problems that came about as this renovation came along and most of those steps were covered in pictures. If any of these steps can help you out in an renovation in your garden, I’ve done my job. Enjoy.

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I refer to this section as Area I in the Dougherty Garden that presently has Mexican Ruellia growing with a bunch of weeds. This area needs to be fully renovated by removing everything growing.

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After I had removed the Mexican Ruellia top portion of the plant, the roots remained which were intertwined with the landscaping material about and inch or so below the soil.

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I did a little raking and cleaning of the brick pavers to see what I was up against at this point in the renovation.

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Here a bunch of weeds mixed with mulch stand out and a bit of black landscape material tell me that this is going to be a long job to complete.

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At this point , I started to do some of the brick pavers to see  how it would look.

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An overview of what the potential of how it will look when I finish.

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Another overview of the area being renovated showing the base of the plants  that is still in the ground.

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A few of the tools that I use to cut back the weeds and a sanding stone to keep the blade sharp during this process.

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Another tool that I use is a common house scissor to make a clean cut between the grass and the brick pavers.

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I use the scissor to loosen up the soil to free up any roots that run underneath the brick pavers.

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Here, I’m cutting the edge of the grass that grows over the brick pavers. To me, this is just exercise even though I have two edgers to do this process. For me, this is exercise and a bit of fun getting out those little weeds and grass.

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Here are a few grass runners growing in between the brick pavers that I’ll remove with the scissors and use the tip of the scissor to go into the soil to loosen up anything else that is growing under the brick pavers.

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A look at the brick pavers after I removed the weeds and loosened up the soil.

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A view with most of the weeds and Mexican Ruellia plants removed.

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This area still has some of the roots still in the ground and attached to the landscape material.

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This is the first piece of landscape cloth that I removed from this area and you can see the roots from the Mexican Ruellia had grown through the landscape material. When this area is fully renovated, landscape cloth will m[never be used again in the Dougherty Garden.

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A view of the area with everything removed with the exception of the four paver stones in the middle. I found that a curly tailed lizard was living under the statute in the middle. The black material is landscape material that I tried to remove but had a problem with because of the roots that grew through the landscape material.

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After a few hours of cutting the roots that were above the ground, I was able to remove most of the landscape material.

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I was starting to make progress in Area I and decided to remove all the brick pavers so that I could use a rake to feel for the landscape material and any other roots that were still growing in this area.

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After a few years under the roots of the Mexican Ruellia and the inability to get close enough to the statute shelter, I have to do a little maintenance of sanding and painting after I finish with the ground works.

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At this point the paver stones are still in the middle.

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Another view of the area after I did a bit of raking to continuously try to free up any roots still in the ground. When the landscape material was removed, I was able to use my shovel to free up clumps of soil and use the rake to loosen up any roots still in the soil.

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Since I finally thought that I had removed most, if not all, of the roots in the soil, I decided that it was time to return the brick pavers to the area that they were formally located.

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In order to sit the brick pavers, I use soil that I reclaimed when I sifted the mulch as a base and smooth the soil out with my hand.

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This is the reclaimed soil from sift the mulch through a strainer.

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I use my hand to smooth out the reclaimed soil.

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Landscaping the brick pavers is easier with this reclaimed soil.

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Getting closer to the finish line on renovating this area in the Dougherty Garden.

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I left the white tube out when I located the watering system for the one sprinkler that was sitting in the circle. Hopefully, I did’n’t make any cuts in the plastic pipes for the sprinkler system.

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And the finished area finally completed which I’ll let sit for a time to make sure that nothing grows out of the soil other than a weed here and there. Every day, I use the area to drop some sifted soil to help fill in the area.

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