By Duston On May 16, 2012
Posted in: Landscape Design
Thank you. Your honest approach makes me believe all things garden/plant/landscape/healing environment are possible. Been reading your emails for YEARs and am always so grateful for your down-home, real way of everything from making a batch of fudge to creating a lotta plants. You are a peach, Mike
I’ve been following you for about 8 yrs and I’m finally ready to start but I’m having a hard time finding the seedlings for the Japanese Red Maple that I have come to love. I have some seeds on the way and I know to put them in a zip bag for 120 days but if you could tell me where to find the seedlings. Also, are you selling the regular or the bonzi? Your awesome!
This all makes sense! Thanks…
hello, i have ordered seeds from the following site
seedrack.com there you can buy all sorts of exotic seeds. they are trustable and the seeds arrive from 4-5 days.
I know taking out the bushes and the small trees had to be a hard job but you made it look fairly easy. You and your son did a fantastic Landscaping job. I like the colors of the flowers that you chose. Thank you for sharing your information.
It’s funny, I just did this to a section of me house frount. Had old Azalia’s that only greened on top. Replaced the headge with a new flower bed.
Hi Mike, your video on relandscaping your backyard is not working
It will work, it just takes time. I tried it. My yard looks great. Work on it a little at a time. The results will amaze you.
Ann – you may have to go back and forth a couple of times to this page to get it to click, it finally came on for me. I have Windows Vista home basic.
I love the new land scape, great job guys. I have done this 2 times now. But I do have a question, what kind of bushes is that on the left side of the yard with the big blooms? Its not a hydrangea is it ? Thanks
Worked for me, Ann. Upgrade your viewer application.
Now looks nice and fresh. And colorful.
Great video! I love to see hard-working men working in the yard. Those roots sure looked like they might have taken a lot of effort.
I like your choice of replacement shrubbery too! Good job!
worked for me. Great video guy’s!!!!!
Thanks Mike & Duston
What a difference, but a lot of hard work!!
Worked fine for me.
Try changing the quality of the feed – at the little spoke on the bottom of the black screen. I changed mine to 240p and it played just fine. Picture isn’t real clear, but I could view the video without any stopping.
Nice results. How about a video showing how to put in irrigation in a new landscaping.
I just had a look at the video. Thank you for sending me the link. Very encouring.
Great video. I had no problems viewing it.
Thanks yet again Mike. Used to work with a Landscape architect from a nursery in Michigan. Did very similar work, though most of the time we did not have to drudge through taking out a lot of extraneaous plantings. Did not particularly enjoy ‘root-balling’ trees back in the nursery, but once planted in folks’ landscape, the results were truly visually pleasing, — especially when compared to what had been there originally (as y’all did in your video), or just lawn. I always admired how beautifully designed these landscape features were and the pleasing color coordinations and visually contrasting plantings as well as the differing heights and levels when finished.
Great video – thanks Mike…you make it look much easier than it really is!
WOW! Mike that is beautiful. Dustin & You did a great job. I love it.
Hi Mike, we are currently re-lanscaping our front yard, took out a bunch of junipers, yews and Mugo pines. Your video on how to do it would’ve been helpful to have about a week ago. Any ideas on the best way to get rid of Lily of the Valley? We’ve been digging it up but the root structure is so developed I know we aren’t getting all of it. Some have suggested using Roundup. Any advice?
Thanks for sharing your wisdom.
I enjoyed the video. I’d love to see the yard in a year or whenever showing how it fills out. (that’s always true for any photos i see of newly landscaped yards too).
Nice Job Mike!
Excellent job. How I wish you could do this for me.
I would also like to purchase Japanese Maple from you. Do you ship out of country?
Hoping to hear from you soon.
GREAT VIDEO. I wish I had your soil here in AZ. You make it look so simple. Thanks
I feel sad when existing plants are torn out and dumped instead of being saved or re-used.
If only I had muscles of two strong men to dig up those huge mature plants! It looks beautiful. I could not tell, but are you laying down mulch? I have some sort of fungus that came with my last batch of mulch. Is there a way I could send you a picture of it? Really enjoying your newsletter. Thanks…
Nice job, I use to work for a landscaper when I was younger and I enjoyed the work but it is very hard work. Especially when the temp is in the 90s lol.
I could view the video just fine and it was clear. Good video and the music made my morning.
Video worked great here on my trusty old XP Pro (which I would give my eyeteeth to keep). Just want to know where I can get a sturdy young guy like that to help with my landscaping;) Hubby is always too busy or too tired to help me even though he has a nice little Kubota.
Oh, my! I want a Duston.
Your yard is so beautiful. I love everything you send out. It gives us hope. lol. Yep, agree, I could use a Duston too! I will soon be retiring to Idaho and will be purchasing your program. I can hardly wait. Thanks again.
Nice job! I’ve been redoing some of my landscape. It’s hard work, but worth it when its done. Thanks for sharing! Now take a break. LOL!!
Hope you took the burlap & ropes off the tree/shrub before you really planted it.
I would enjoy doing a job like that if I was 50 years younger.
Video worked fine for me–I think it is hilarious we are all thinking we would like to have a hot little “Duston” helping us out around the yard, alright! LOL I re-landscaped my property and I used alot more shrubs than what is in this video. As much as I like azaleas, I have removed so many of them because to my eye, they only look nice for the short bloom period. The rest of the time, they look half dead and require that dead-heading and pruning process and unless you have a hedge full of them, they are not my fave. I love perennials that are maintenance free and have gotten into quite a few grasses and lots of hostas. Cut them down and then get a lovely gift again, all spring and summer–and a few annuals for color scattered here and there and you’re done. Love the gold-dust “acuba” – that’s a huge fave too.
One thing to be really careful about when relandscaping is the placement of trees. When choosing distance from the house people tend not to visualize the tree at full size years down the road. At that point the only options are removal or relocation. Moving a tree is expensive and often not successful. What looks best when planting is usually way too close. I don’t know what the tree off the corner of the house in the video is, but unless it is something really dwarf it is too close. It looks like it could be a flowering crabapple. That or something comparable will get too big for the placement.
I agree with Shelia!
Nice job! As Realtors, we always advise our sellers to “up the curb appeal.” Yes it is a lot of work, bur if you can’t get buyers to see the front of your home, they will have no interest in coming inside!!! GOOD STUFF!
Looks great, Mike! Really great. But . . . with all due respect, I didn’t see much “we” in the video. tee hee! That was hard work. And I don’t blame you a bit!! It paid off in spades!
I think it looked better before . They could have made the flower bed larger and put more flowering plants in front of the established shrubs .
I liked the ‘before’ a lot more. You have to wait so long for the plants to fill in and mature, why on earth would you cut them unless they are somekind of a hazard to the house. Also i can’t stand the look of a big mulched area with a couple of lousy little plants. But that’s just me, i prefer a jungle as my husband says.
I liked the way you curved the flower bed, and how you stretched it around the corner.
Hi : have a question. I have some private hedge at the side of my house used for a windbreak.They are about 8 yrs old and this year have grown spindly..I prune them from the top they are about 8 ft tall. how can i fix them so as not to loose them, as I need them thanks
try some renewal pruning: prunging from the bottom rather than the top
This is great! Just in time because I have been looking for ideas. I can always count on getting good ideas from you Mike. Thanks, again.
Great video; perfect choice of music! It did make me tired watching you work. I was hoping it also involved showing the removal of turf. My lawn is terrible with weeds and especially that kind of coarse grass that is very invasive of adjacent flower beds – close to 5000sq ft. of lawn. Did you use an edging around the edge of the lawn & mulch? I could not tell from the video.
Mike, that is beautiful, opened the view of the house up. Now this 65 yr old Alberta women, needs to borrow your nice strong young buck….he looks like he knows how to garden. My young buck looks more like you….lol.
can i know ,how much dose it cost?
What is the pointy stick tool that guy is using to pry up the shrub? I need one!
Looks great, show us a pic when it gets bigger. Wish you did business in Knoxville TN. I sure could use new landscaping.
good video but I just once would like to see how these professionals would landscape a raised ranch with the front on the north side of the home, some sun but not much 40-50%. not much avail when I google it.
To the person who wants a handy, strong young man like Mike’s helper…..just like everything with Mike…..you have to grow one from seed!
Many thanks the advise but please let me know where to purchase the seed.
that is too funny but, so true! You can also adopt one.
Haha, nice job. If I had pretty black dirt like that I could do that too. Try that with my red clay that is so hard that you can’t get a shovel in. But it looks nice. Thanks for all the great tips Mike, I really enjoy them.
a lot of hard work, but worth the effort!
can anyone tell me what the big plant that the gentleman was moving in the wheel-barrel
I just got rid of an huge evergreen that had grown to big to trim well – NOW I have all that bare land I am trying to fill with something else and the weeds are coming faster than the new plants! Weeds are a BIG problem for me since I have a neighbor who cannot cut his pasture weeds because of money and time. I will not use weed killer because I am trying to start a strawberry patch and other food. SO think twice before re landscaping!!!
Why no weed block cloth . It works well for me, but it is expensive. What’s the secret?
It is great that they show a before and after picture at the end of the video BUT what I would LOVE to see is an after picture of the current new landscaping after a couple of years. Everything looks great now but how big will those plants get? How well, easy is the area to maintain? How well did they choose the plants to be healthy in their zone?
Hi Mike, great little video. What are the shrubs with the big purple flowers called? Thanks!
You give so much to your fans! Some day I would like to meet you. You have been a great help with all the information you post. Thanks. Robert M.
I like reading and watching your videos.I have a problem a hope u can handle for me,I bought some tupils and another type floweer that has bulbs in them,they have already bloomed and they both have bulbs that look healthy,I have aready separted the bulbs and I found some tiny bugs in the bulbs,My Question-what can or do with the bulbs? please help,Beverly S.
Perfect timing for the video….we were in our front planting bed this week re-landscaping and didn’t know our process had a “name”! WE removed several (never healthy) holly plants in the middle of the bed and replaced with gladiola bulbs….also other aging woody plants were taken out to be replaced with more colorful and pleasing perennials. Our removal was not as extensive as your however we think our changes made a considerable improvement as yours did!
Hi due to the extreme heat in Oklahoma last summer we sadly lost 2 pecan trees our apple tree which still has some living branches but is otherwise dead and a very large maple tree that was in our front yard. Can you recommend some fast growing trees that I can plant to replace these or do you think it would be better to start from scratch and get some large already rooted trees. thanks muchly..
Tracylynne, I am not a big fan of fast growing trees. It is my observation after a lifetime of doing this is that the slower growing the plant, the higher the quality. So my recommendation would be buy larger trees that are medium to slow growing. If you really want fast growing consider any soft maple like Silver maple.
I love the landscape. What do you have planted? I love the purple and the pink plants. What are they and what are the other plants you have planted in front of them? I want to plant a Japanese Maple in my back yard and maybe the front. Can they be planted in full sun, and are can you purchase dwarf ones? Thank you
Laura, this job had pink azaleas, purple rhododendron and some huchera among other things. Japanese maples like some shade but I do grow mine in full sun here in Ohio.
Great job!!!!Thanks for the video it gives me hope & encouragement.I’ve been following your news letters at least three years.You have done a wonderful job putting together a program that has great support behind it!!!
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