Donna Talley


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   Comment   April 8, 2014
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New Ways to Think About All That Mulch in the Garden

Before you go making a mountain out of a mulch hill, learn the facts about what your plants and soil really want Full Story
     Comment   April 3, 2014
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Donna Talley
I enjoyed your tips, and even laughed out loud at the bit about mulch volcanoes. They are so unattractive and unhealthy for the poor plants. Low growing ground-covers are a much nicer choice, imho.
April 3, 2014 at 1:07pm     
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trishideas
MFAMB--thank you!
April 14, 2014 at 5:24pm   
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chrisinky
I really don't care for mulch at all. We put beds all the way around a previous house & put down black plastic then mulch on top. Grass seeds made their way into the mulch & spread like the plague. When I would try to pull one piece of grass out a huge chunk of mulch would come with it because the roots were so extensive. I vowed to never mulch again. (I know, everyone is collectively gasping at the black plastic part. That was several years ago & at the time I knew nothing about mulching.)

We have bought a house & have been remodeling the inside for months, but I am dying to get out in the yard. Because of the way the land lays, the direction of the sun & several large trees, our front & back yards are shaded most of the time. The back yard is fenced in & our dog will be there. I plan to put in a lot of ferns & other native plants there & of course dig up a nice space so the dog can lay his belly on the cool dirt. If I do that, he tends to stay off of the flowers. There is a 5-foot wide bed across the front between the sidewalk and house. It has landscaping fabric, remnants of mulch & 4 Japanese yews. All of that will be gone soon. I also dislike yews very much. After I replant the bed, I am going to fill in with river rock because there are several neighborhood cats who seem to love hanging out in my yard. I really don't want to encourage them to use my flower beds as a litter box.

Anyone have suggestions of a nice, short shrub to put in front of the house? I live in Kentucky. I was thinking of using holly.
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aharkins
I like the Skye!
April 10, 2014 at 6:55am        Thanked by WarmlyYours Radiant Heating
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littleokiecottage
Bali, Maldives, Skye, Vista, Sydney, & Altos.
April 11, 2014 at 1:49am        Thanked by WarmlyYours Radiant Heating
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laceyjd
I only roast marshmallows - no matter what type of fire!
April 10, 2014 at 5:00pm   
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Mary Fabian
I'm a country gal, so I love the smell of firewood. There's nothing like it for a cool evening with family and friends.
April 15, 2014 at 11:31am   
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duffy2009
The heron who regularly visits the large pond that is part of our Association also discovered the goldfish in the small pond in our courtyard & the koi in our neighbor's much grander one. It was kind of a shock seeing that wing span rising from our courtyard one day.
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gramanise14
After 24 years of living and loving my old home, an old treasured maple tree must be taken down. I am so sad because it has been ailing for years since it was hit by lightening in 1998. So we will have to adapt all over the house and garden for the loss of my "old man maple". Any body good at making fairy house out of old tree stumps? I would love to honor the garden by putting in a little village.
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kimbersoo
Does the room look better without drapes? Should I hang them above the lower window or do I need to have 144" curtains made???
April 1, 2014 at 5:24pm     
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Elisa Jed
I think the door is really cool. Seems like you would be able to really work with it in an angles and modern look. With the shade of your roofing you could use like a patio out front where the tree is getting taken out. Stick with the the sharp angles and greys - it could look really good.
September 6, 2013 at 10:01am   
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Donna Talley
I agree with sstarr, a modern style pergola for the entry and a different color paint or stain for the unique door along with modern hardware. Also an attached pergola on that blank expanse to the left would give it some more character. I would avoid traditional or craftsmen style for your home, contemporary or modern would be more appropriate. You have a gem that just needs a little polishing!

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Donna Talley added 1 photo to ideabook: I will need to live forever if I want to try all these ideas!
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