PAS Garden Home: Subtle Screens

In today’s show we are going to talk about subtle screening and learn how to frame the desirable views and block out those you might not want to see.  Plus we’ll hear from Dan Scheiman with Audubon Arkansas about creating bird habitats in our gardens.

Construction Update:
Well House
On a rural property outbuildings often have to serve more than one function.  The well house at the Garden Home Retreat houses the well, provides electricity, creates a focal point and stores animal feed.

Hands on Gardening:
Planting Apple Trees
Fruit trees should be planted in the late winter or early spring. I always use a root stimulator at planting time.  Moisture is very important the first few years after a tree has been planted.  There are three steps I take to make sure my apple trees stay consistently moist while they get established.  First I place drip bags around the trunks.  In summer when rain is scarce I can fill up the bag and it will slowly release water.  Next I dig a generous tree well that circles the trunk to catch rainwater and run off. And finally a layer of mulch spread around the base will hold moisture in the soil.  I make sure to keep the mulch away from the trunk to prevent rodents from eating the bark.

Holly Hedge
At the Garden Home Retreat we’ve planted Needlepoint holly hedges on either side of the cottage.  We used both balled and burlapped and container grown shrubs to create both height and density.

Friends in the Garden:
Dan Scheiman, Audubon Arkansas explains that birds need 4 things:  food, water, shelter and a place to nest.   Read Dan's interview.

The Green Component
Plywood Beadboard WallsPlywood Beadboard
If you look back to the late 19th century and early 20th centuries, beadboard was a popular way to cover a wall. But in those days, it was created with thick strips of wood.  The cottage attic at the Garden Home Retreat we’ve used a product that is made to look like beadboard. It's actually a form of plywood that has the bead pressed into it. So we can achieve the 19th century look up the attic, but we're not having to go to the expense of applying each strip of board, and we're saving valuable resources in the way of trees. Because of the soy foam insulation, we can use a thin plywood board and it'll be just as snug as it would be with traditional beadboard.

Virtual Makeover
Perennial Garden in Michigan
This Ranch house in Michigan already has a nice peony bed.  The addition of more perennials, white birches, yews, hosta and white rhododendron are what’s needed to give this home a Virtual Garden Makeover.

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