Wildlife Gardeners - North American Wildlife Gardening  

Go Back   Wildlife Gardeners - North American Wildlife Gardening > Miscellaneous Gardening Boards > Landscape and Garden Design

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-22-2015, 06:57 PM   #1
Lungwort
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Livonia, MI
Default Hmmmm, what to do....

I have this "aged" split-rail fence I got for free last fall,

Hmmmm, what to do....-fence.jpg

And my short grass prairie plot just beginning year #2

Hmmmm, what to do....-garden.jpg

Ohhhh, what to do?????
rhauser44 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2015, 08:47 AM   #2
WG Prize & Gift Coordinator
 
havalotta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Michigan
Default

Nice fence! Are you thinking of using it around your prairie?
__________________
The successful woman is the woman that had the chance and took it!

A walk among the elusive Whitetail Deer
havalotta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2015, 12:38 PM   #3
Lungwort
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Livonia, MI
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by havalotta View Post
Nice fence! Are you thinking of using it around your prairie?
Havalotta,

Yes. I saw the fence on a local garden walk last year and commented to the homeowner that this type of rustic style fence would look perfect around a prairie garden. I'm always looking to add "Cues to care" around my native forbs. The homeowner was going to get rid of it, so he said I could take it, if I pulled it up. The neat thing is, I'm the third owner of the fence. Talk about recycling & finding new use!

There was a lot of work involved to dig the holes, re-size the rails and make sure the posts were level, as they weren't all the same size. But it looks good. I'll post a picture of the finished job tonight or tomorrow.
rhauser44 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2015, 03:41 PM   #4
WG Prize & Gift Coordinator
 
havalotta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Michigan
Default

Looking forward to viewing your end results!
__________________
The successful woman is the woman that had the chance and took it!

A walk among the elusive Whitetail Deer
havalotta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2015, 07:03 AM   #5
Fox
 
wildwatcher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northcentral rural Arkansas, usa
pawprint

I wonder what kind of wood that is?, for a 3rd generation fencing, the post's bottom end still looks very sound. How did you pull those posts~~~just curious. Looking forward to your finished pictures.

ww
__________________
"Actuality, be what you are" -Charlie Parks
wildwatcher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2015, 10:09 AM   #6
Lungwort
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Livonia, MI
Default

Hmmmm, what to do....-photo.jpg

Here is the finished fence. As I said in the previous post some of the challenges were adjusting the hole depths for the various lengths of posts and I had to cut and notch each set of rails to accommodate the new length and width of the plot.

Wildwatcher the wood is cedar and the posts do show wear and some degradation below ground level maybe a 1/2 to 3/4 inch of wood was lost. Fortunately concrete wasn't used to set the posts in the previous two installations and they were only buried to a depth a bit over 2 1/2 feet. So pulling them wasn't a big chore.

I'm not finished with the area though (are we ever??). I plan on planting vines to climb the posts and rails. And I'll overseed the short-grass plot with the same stratified seed mix in a couple weeks to help fill in the gaps. As this is only year #2, I will still probably cut back the forbs a couple times this season per the instructions from Prairie Moon Nursery's web site.
I'll also plant Rudibeckia along the front. ( My wife loves Black-Eye Susans)
rhauser44 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2015, 05:58 AM   #7
Fox
 
wildwatcher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northcentral rural Arkansas, usa
pawprint

Well done, looks appealing & sturdy.

ww
__________________
"Actuality, be what you are" -Charlie Parks
wildwatcher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2015, 07:32 AM   #8
Great Horned Owl
 
jack's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Northeastern MA
Default

Lookin' good! Was the soil easy to use a post hole digger in? In my own yard of subsurface clay, digging the holes for those posts would have been quite the labor.

Looking forward to pictures later on in the summer with the Rudbeckia, etc.
__________________
"Know thyself."

Oracle at Delphi
jack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2015, 11:24 AM   #9
Lungwort
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Livonia, MI
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jack View Post
Lookin' good! Was the soil easy to use a post hole digger in? In my own yard of subsurface clay, digging the holes for those posts would have been quite the labor.

Looking forward to pictures later on in the summer with the Rudbeckia, etc.
I used a power auger to dig the post holes. That said, it was still heavy work lifting the auger with dirt out of the holes. And I nearly broke my wrist when I hit tree roots on several occasions. I did use the post hole digger when I had to finesse the depth a few inches. I'll post updates throughout the season as the forbs grow and I continue to dress the area up.
rhauser44 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2015, 11:25 AM   #10
Lungwort
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Livonia, MI
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by wildwatcher View Post
Well done, looks appealing & sturdy.

ww
Thanks WW, I pretty happy with the results so far.
rhauser44 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
hmmmm

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:26 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2