New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

Got Some Retaining Wall Block Or A Block Wall? 2 Ways To Use Them For Landscaping

Sonia Scott

If you have some retaining wall blocks at your home, you can use them for your landscaping. Below are two ways you can use them to make your yard look more beautiful and enhance the curb appeal of your home.

Plant Flowers Around Mailbox

Decide on how large you want the area to be, and then use a spade or shovel to remove the top layer of grass. Add some amendments to the soil, such as compost, to give it nutrients, and then use the spade or shovel to mix the amendments in with the dirt.

Lay the first row of wall blocks around the edge of the planting area. Purchase some mortar at a home supply store and mix it according to package instructions. Use a small trowel to spread it out on top of the first level of blocks, and then put on the next layer of blocks. Continue doing this until you have it as high as you want. Let it sit so the mortar has time to completely dry. Look at the package instructions to see how long this will take.

When you are finished, you can plant the flowers that you want. Colorful flowers work well, as this is the first thing people will see when they pull into your driveway. You should not plant flowers that attract bees, however, as you do not want your mail person to get stung. Some flowers that bees do not like include roses, marigolds, geraniums, and tulips. You could also use some oriental grasses instead of flowers.

Cover A Block Wall

Planting some cascading flowers or vines at the end of a block retaining wall will let them creep up the wall and then drape over the other side. Some flowers and vines that are perfect for block retaining walls include:

  • Creepy Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia): This is a perennial flower that needs full sun. The flowers are a bright yellow and start to bloom in early summer up through the first frost.
  • Silver Lace Vine (Polygonum aubertii): This vine has clusters of small white flowers and foliage that are shaped like small hearts. It grows fast in full sun, and blooms in late spring through early fall.
  • Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans): This works well for tall block walls. It has orange flowers shaped like a trumpet. This flowering vine requires full sun and starts blooming in early summer through fall.

For more landscaping ideas, contact a professional like Dansons Landscaping Inc.


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New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

As a child and teenager, I watched my mother garden, although I wasn't interested in it at the time. I later learned that I had missed out on learning the craft because before I planted my first garden, I thought it would be so easy! Once I finally had a yard of my own, I was eager to plant some beautiful flowers in the yard and do other landscaping work. Unfortunately, I learned a hard lesson and none of things I planted survived more than a few weeks, even though I watered them daily. I gave my mother a call and asked her what could have gone wrong, and I learned that plants have to be chosen carefully. Check out this blog to learn more landscaping plant tips.

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