Have to paint the house; How to protect the garden?
Hoping you guys will have some good ideas for me. We have a very tall Victorian that needs to be painted. We have no lawns; it's all gardens, and I just know the painters are going to destroy my plantings. Already this year, I've had lots of damage from having our fence replaced and from getting the foundation shrubs pruned, and the garden has just now recovered from that. I am having one of my most successful winter sowing seasons ever, and I am sick at the idea of planting all this stuff out and then watching it get trampled to death.
We can opt to have the painters use either scaffolding or ladders. -Which do you think would do the least damage? I am leaning toward ladders. Also, do you have any thoughts about what I can do to protect my plants? I was thinking of putting crates over things, but with literally thousands of plants, that would be a lot of crates! Also, we can either bite the bullet and paint it next month or wait until September. What would you do? If we do it now, I can hold over the stuff that I haven't planted out, but if I wait until September, I get to enjoy blooms on the stuff that is already in the ground.
I am just sick with anxiety over this and would really appreciate your ideas!