I have a couple landscaping questions, specifically about relocating existing plants.
This is a photo of the bed that I put in last year. I made the cardinal sin of cutting in the bed around existing plantings. Prior to this, the peonis, day lillies, hostas, etc., were already there. There was not any defined landscaping around them. So, even though I did this backwards, I like the layout.
Here are my questions:
1.) I would like to add top-soil to give the bed height and texture. Do I have to dig-up everything, add 6-12 inches of top soil, and then re-plant everything? When is the best time of the year to do this?
2.) If I do not build up the beds but just want to reloacte some items, what is the best time to do this? How do I minimize risk to damaging the plants?
For example, from the picture you can see that near the sign-post there is a single clump of peonis. Further up the bed is a row of peonis. In the row, there are three clumps of peonis, then a clump of day lillies, then a final clump of peonis. I would like to move the day lillies down to the sign-post and move the single clump of peonis by the sign-post to fill in the spot where the day lillies were.
3.) In a different part of the yard, there is no landscaping and it is quite ugly. I would like to do several things here. 1st I need to build up the area and put drainage for the down-spouts under ground. Then I would like to plant several shrubs for screening and then put in smaller plantings (hostas, etc.) to flll in the bed. What is the best time to do this? Is it okay at the end of summer/early fall to plant shrubs?
Thanks for your assistance!
4.) Oh, one more question - you can see my pooch Mishka in the picture. Anything I can do to prevent those ugly brown-dead spots from where he pees in the grass? He is the King Grass Killer with his toxic tinkles!
Edited for typos… :smack: