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Old 10-21-2009, 08:43 AM   #11
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Giggled when I envisioned you tromping down the street dragging branches home with your doggy in tow. Anyway when you said you tried to drag it home, I had this picture in my head of something that was smaller than a giant size log. And then I looked at your garden photo! And thought...OMG...you tried to DRAG that home all by yourself?!?

So.......
A for effort!
A+ for creativity and eccentricity (is that a word?)
A++ for recycling.
F- for the landscape guys who watched and grinned but didn't help out.

oh....and a D for your Dog who could have fetched the log and carried it home for you but didn't.

Here's my dog who carries logs:
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Old 10-21-2009, 08:44 AM   #12
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Now that's a dog worth keeping around!
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Old 10-21-2009, 12:16 PM   #13
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I found a twisted tree someone had cut up and set out on the curb.
I nocked on the door to see if I could take some of the logs and branches with holes in them even though curb piles are free for all right?
Since no one was home I took my fill. Next day I returned for more cool twisted holey wood and a guy came out saying they were promised to someone. Opsie
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Old 10-24-2009, 12:54 AM   #14
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This thread has helped me reach a decision. I've been eyeing a stump by a local boat landing and I've been trying to ignore the way it's been calling to me. I'm going to listen to that stump and give him a good home!
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Old 10-24-2009, 01:52 AM   #15
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Hope it's not too heavy or waterlogged....I want to see pics when you get it...
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Old 10-24-2009, 05:07 AM   #16
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Go for it MaggyNoLia, if it calls you just have to claim it.
I also want to see photos.
BBB Becky,
I certainly could have used your dogs to help carry the "logs" home.
They look strong and beautiful.
I remember fondly seeing my 2 dogs somehow escaping on their own briefly. (Not this set but a previous one.)
I laughed at the sight of the two of them, walking down the sidewalk perfectly in tandem, as if I had them leashed, with clear purpose, taking themselves to the park alone. They looked exactly like a team of horses and were ever afterward referred to as the "livestock". It was them I realized I missed the opportunity to train them to the task of pulling a small cart and helping in the garden.

I added a temporary reed fence to close off the back side garden.
Next time I'll only add the vertical bamboo poles, not the horizontals before I move it in place. It's much too unwieldy as a rigid section for one person to move and hold in place. I just wired it to my neighbors chain link fence.
I think it finishes off the area but makes the garden look smaller. I'd like to add a few tightly bunched pine saplings along that fence line and replace the reed fencing with a tight lattice fencing and grow vines there.
I'm trying to block out very ugly school yard play equipment and very noisy poorly supervised kids that throw things.
Any suggestions are welcome.

Here's a before and after photo of the area.
What do you think?
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Old 10-24-2009, 07:40 AM   #17
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The new reed fence on the right is a definite improvement over the chain link. Not sure I understand the light fencing surrounding your find -- is it to keep pets out?

While it does make the garden look "smaller" the background fencing excludes distractions while keeping the "borrowed" scenery of the trees/sky above. Looks like really nice progress toward a refuge-from-the-world garden.
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Old 10-24-2009, 09:17 AM   #18
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You have a lot of work in that little corner, and it looks very peaceful.
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Old 10-24-2009, 09:23 PM   #19
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I'd like to add a few tightly bunched pine saplings along that fence line and replace the reed fencing with a tight lattice fencing and grow vines there. I'm trying to block out very ugly school yard play equipment and very noisy poorly supervised kids that throw things.
Any suggestions are welcome.
Use google to search on wattle fence. It came up with lots of ideas for using twigs and branches to weave a fence. It might be what you're looking for. A loosely woven fence would allow vines to crawl up it.

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Old 10-25-2009, 06:53 AM   #20
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Thanks for the input gmehl. I'm glad you think it's an improvement.
This is the most neglected area in my yard and I have repeatedly tried to pull it together with a quick fix of some sort.
At least this time the reed fencing looks acceptable.
When I finally get a fence installed (not for a while, it's at the bottom of the list) it will resolve many issues.
I have 2 more sections of reed fencing to install. One will have to go around some trees growing through chain link.
Right now it's just loosely placed along the fence. (1st photo)

The wire fencing is to to keep one of the dogs out. She loves to dig and I have a nice patch of bloodroot and jack-in-the pulpit along with a few other spring ephemerals in that area. (see 2nd photo)

Thanks bigblue, I think it has potential to be a hidden serenity garden in the future.
It's wonderful that you can see it now.

BBBBecky,
Wattle fences are wonderful. I've played with them in the past. Their down side is they decay and continually have to be adjusted, at least the one's I made did.
I used wooden poles instead of rebar as posts so the ground contact caused rot.
But you're right that is exactly the type of thing I would like.
I was dreaming of a more stable version made by an artisan out of metal but of course it be very costly. Well dreaming is free.
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