Bed 7 (east corner of the auditorium)

General description

This is an L-shaped bed, with a wide retaining wall around it, much used for seating. However, the overgrown nature of the Red Osier Dogwood makes this difficult. In addition to the dogwood, the bed also has snowberry shrubs. Both are often described as invasive.

29 June 2016

The shrubs in the bed have now been pruned back (pruning from the base of the plants, for the  most part) and weeds removed from the front side of the shrubs.

To do:

  • prune and weed the back side of the shrubs
  • lay down mulch

To consider: Perhaps plant hostas in the freed-up space between the shrubs and the retaining wall, to dissuade new weed growth.

12 July: upon re-consideration, underplanting these shrubs isn’t a good idea, as they are invasives and will keep spreading forward. Better solution is to just mulch the ground, to keep the weeds in check, and to make future pruning easier.

13 May 2016

Right now: a wild tangle of dogwood, as well as some low junipers (most of which look dead); no flowers in the bed.

To do:

  • Prune dead growth on the low cedars and shrubs.
  • Weed whatever you find.

This bed, while not `pretty’, is at least self-sustaining, as far as being green throughout the summer. So, other than a bit of weeding and pruning, no plans for flowers or other improvements at this time — not a priority. On the other hand, the absence of any perennials or bulbs makes it easy to simply go in to clear weeds and prune branches (both dead and over-long). Note that pruning should be done at the base of branches (not like a cedar hedge, just cutting the tips that are in the way — which was done last year!).

Possible idea for future: replace all the dogwoods with less invasive shrubery, perhaps even some wild roses (along the wall, well away from the retaining wall where people sit or walk by). The L-shaped bed has a great location as far as visibility goes and more could be done with it.

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