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Preston's landscaping projects

The long talked about work in our Morning Show host's yard finally comes to the web page!

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    Here's the start of the tour with a "before" toward the back of the fenced in portion of my yard. Go ahead...take a look; be inspired (or just laugh).
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    Here's the "after" (from a different angle and a bit closer). Perfect for eight seats around a moveable fire pit. I did a simple patio with some stones from a local home improvement store; added gravel and mulch and it added a nice touch. I have a couple of torches that surround the area.
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    Here's a "before" that was actually an "after". I needed to create some space around this side of my pool, so I went with cement stones with some grass in between. Great idea and in a larger space that was more level it might actually have worked. But, talk about a mowing nightmare!
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    Here's the latest "after". Same stones (same as fire pit area as well). I leveled the area; put in my two levels of base. Then placed borders for our rose garden behind the seating area. After the stones went in I used a sand mix because it matches the simple lawn furniture.
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    Just past the new patio was an area with plenty of sun. So, I decided to construct a grape arbor, but the challenge was for it to look a little better. I also had another thought.
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    So, after waterproofing the wood and staining it all to match I created this. Those are eight strawberry plants (the kind that produce fruit a few times a year. They are hanging and the seedless red grapes will grow up the 4"x4"'s and over the top.
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    Here's the latest crop of lemons from my cocktail citrus. Yes, there are really four fruit that grow on this treee. Lemons, naval oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit. Perhaps, my favorite thing in the garden.
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    The grand experiment. I expanded my fencing to close it in, but decided that the Florida sun would be just enough to try something...a vegetable garden. Hmmm. I was not going to be satisfied with just raking the ground and tossing some seed.
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    So, after getting a thought from my neighbor on something he had seen at a local store, I sketched this thing out. I installed a sprinkler system, improved the soil mightily, and planted seed and a few plants.
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    Here it is about three weeks later. In the back left are my hanging tomatoes. In the planter from back right and moving clockwise is...sweet corn, white onions, red onion, cucumbers, carrots, watermelon, lettuce, and one green pepper plant.
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    Here's my pool with it's leaking liner (with my sweet dog in the foreground). After the last flood, the leaking grew so bad I had no choice but to replace the liner.
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    Whoever built the pool almost did a great job. Almost. Basically, it's a cement bottom (complete with footprints); not sand. So, the crew (Tad's Pools) started by putting up new wall foam and installing a new drain. They pressure checked the lines for leaks and...
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    Our new pool (liner). The picture does not do it justice. It looks amazing. Now, there's much more to do and as I go along I will keep sharing my progress and/or frustrations.