Difficult Space-Raised Beds?

AmbrogalMay 20, 2014

We removed overgrown bushes next to an old garage. The roots are very sturdy and can't be removed because of damage to the patio (the trunks are going to be cut closer to the ground). Now that we have to work around these roots, we're thinking we'll have to do a raised bed(s) of some sort to cover up the roots. Any creative ideas for this space? A series of raised beds? Tall grasses? Topiaries?

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yardvaark

Because the planting bed is too narrow anyway, I'd remove the 3 patio blocks at the garage center and move the new plants away from the wall a little. You can trim the stumps to within 1" of grade. Plant what you wish, but 1 gallon containers will probably work best in relatively small planting holes. You should be able to get them pretty close to the desired location, or cut through old shrub roots where needed. If you don't remove the 3 blocks, you're limited to smaller, vertical plants.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2014 at 10:52PM
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Ambrogal

Thank you Yardvaark. I hadn't thought of removing some of the blocks. Was only thinking of working around them. We're going to consider this option....getting those blocks out without ruining the newly planted grass could be an issue, but the end result might be worth the hassle of planting new grass. I appreciate your thoughts!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2014 at 6:02PM
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yardvaark

A hedge of bigleaf hydrangea could be nice there and about the right size... surrounded with a groundcover or low flowering perennial.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2014 at 9:25PM
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Ambrogal

Yardvaark: Hey that is really cool and I can picture what it might look like! I wish I knew how to do these things. You must have Photoshop or something similar. Thank you so much for your suggestions. We are considering all of them! :) I'll post a photo of the finished product.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 12:44PM
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yardvaark

Draw on any photo (or just draw) using MS Paint. It helps if you have a touchscreen and stylus.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 1:03PM
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Ambrogal

Thank you Yardvaark. I hadn't thought of removing some of the blocks. Was only thinking of working around them. We're going to consider this option....getting those blocks out without ruining the newly planted grass could be an issue, but the end result might be worth the hassle of planting new grass. I appreciate your thoughts!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2014 at 7:26AM
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