August 06, 2019

Leslieville Front Garden Makeover

Garden Makeover or "Resurrection"? You Decide...


Everyone's busy, that's just a fact of modern life. For many homeowners, looking after the garden is low on the list of priorities. Very low. I'd say, for some, visiting the dentist is likely more enjoyable than getting out there on your knees weeding in the summer heat. In my case, it's easier for them to pay me to have my rear up pulling at unwanted pieces of vegetation.

So I'm guessing that someone would probably be very busy and/or uninterested with garden maintenance or neighbour's opinions to let the front garden to look like this:




Leslieville Toronto Front Garden Summer Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Leslieville Toronto Front
Garden Summer Cleanup Before 


(Please note: I'm not criticizing or judging anyone specifically as my own front garden is horrible.)

It's not an uncommon scenario: you'll walk by well-kept (or at least minimally-kept) gardens, one after another, down the street and then stop and notice a front yard that's "gotten away." Based on the "before" pictures in this post, you could say that the weeds have gotten away and out of hand:




Leslieville Toronto Front Garden Weeding and Makeover Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Leslieville Toronto Front Garden
Weeding and Makeover Before 



Leslieville Toronto Front Garden Weeding and Makeover Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Leslieville Toronto Front Garden
Weeding and Makeover Before 



Leslieville Toronto Front Yard Summer Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Leslieville Toronto Front Yard
Summer Cleanup Before


Here's the view from the front porch:



Toronto Leslieville Front Garden Weeding and Makeover Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Toronto Leslieville Front Garden
Weeding and Makeover Before 


And from the sidewalk towards the house:


Toronto Leslieville Front Garden Weeding and Makeover Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Toronto Leslieville Front Garden
Weeding and Makeover Before 


I was contacted by "Jane", the homeowner's sibling (I'll call the owner "Jack" and his sister "Jane") who has done the weeding for her brother in the past (now that's a good sister!) but had reached a point this summer of no return. I don't blame her, I'd feel a little tired pulling out very mature and deep-rooted weeds like Canada Thistle, Prickly Lettuce and Goosefoot (to name a few) year after year.

Jane wanted the front garden weeded, mulched and planted with new low maintenance perennials. So that's what I did....

A Garden "Resurrected"


Firstly, I wanted to credit my sister-in-law Angela (not a pseudonym) for coming up with her phrase of a "garden resurrection." She has seen many of my garden cleanup and makeover projects over the years through social media and on one occasion after I weeded and "renovated" a garden that needed a little TLC (sarcasm), she remarked "that wasn't a garden cleanup, that was a garden resurrection!"  I don't know if gardens can be brought back from the dead or not and this Leslieville (a trendy east Toronto neighbourhood) front garden is anything but dead given the lush growth of the weeds; therefore, I'll stick with the more commercial and less-religious idea of a garden makeover.

I dug out all the weeds by hand with my trusty and slightly rusty long handled shovel, transplanted many "lower maintenance" perennials like Threadleaf Coreopsis, Purple Coneflower, and "Autumn Joy" Sedum and spread many bags of mulch.

Here are the "after" results:



Leslieville Toronto Front Garden Summer Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Leslieville Toronto Front Garden Summer Cleanup After


Toronto Leslieville Front Garden Weeding and Makeover After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Toronto Leslieville Front Garden
Weeding and Makeover After 


Toronto Leslieville Front Garden Weeding and Makeover After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Toronto Leslieville Front Garden
Weeding and Makeover After 


Leslieville Toronto Front Garden Weeding and Makeover After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Leslieville Toronto Front Garden
Weeding and Makeover After 


Leslieville Toronto Front Garden Weeding and Makeover After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Leslieville Toronto Front Garden
 Weeding and Makeover After 


Leslieville Toronto Front Yard Summer Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Leslieville Toronto Front
Yard Summer Cleanup After 


Yes, it does look like a sea of black dyed mulch (it is) but given Jack's (remember, the homeowner) inability to weed (he's very busy at work), the mulch should reduce but not eliminate the amount of weeds germinating. Lastly, I asked him to water occasionally with the hose since I didn't design an xeriscape.

I fully anticipate that whatever new weeds which manage to emerge will grow unimpeded as Jack will not do anything about them. The silver lining would be that pollinators love thistle flowers so it's not all downside about nature trying to reclaim things again! Like all makeovers in life, the work is never truly over.

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