Out with the old,
in with the new!
renovation is an important part of home improvement,
adding to the curb appeal of a home or business. Most first impressions
of your home, and its level of maintenance and value are made from the
street. Even with conscientious trimming and maintenance, all foundation plantings
get crowded after 15 years. That's when it is time to renovate!
Depending on how close your trees and shrubs were originally spaced, and
what types of plants were used, this overcrowding could begin much
sooner, sometimes as early as 5 to 7 years after planting, especially if
pruning has been minimal.
Grouped planting of trees and shrubs surrounding the
foundation of a house in mulched beds
three to eight feet wide.
The current trend in our area is to
'over-plant' or plant way too much. While this
style of planting creates an established look much sooner, it also
creates a need to renovate foundation plantings much sooner. This is
especially true when the wrong plants are used for plantings close to a house --
that grow too fast, or much too large for their allotted space.
Most of our client's home improvement inquiries regarded
crowded plantings that were over 20 years old. At this advanced stage of growth, shrubs are
blocking windows and overpowering the house. A once inviting front
entrance may now be overgrown and hidden. These overgrown
plantings can crowd sidewalks, getting visitors wet as they brush past
them on rainy days. They also give houses that 'abandoned'
or neglected look.
Declining Colorado Spruce
When is it time to renovate
It often comes as a great surprise when
clients learn that foundation plantings have a limited lifespan, and
should be renovated once they are 15 years old. If the right trees have
been planted in the right places in lawn areas, they can remain much longer. It's the close proximity to
foundations, windows and sidewalks that create an earlier need for foundation
planting renovation work.
While you can attempt to salvage whatever existing plants are still in good shape,
and will still blend with new plantings, it's been our experience that
'starting from scratch' makes the most sense in the long run. Mixing new
plantings with old plantings often creates too much of a 'generation
Large Rhododendron full of blossoms!