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Landscape project is completed with a rhododendron, 2 boxwood, and 2 Dwarf Tophat Blueberry bushes.

Landscaping project completed

I finally completed the landscaping project in front of my home. (I lost all my shrubs in the front of my house due to a foundation repair this winter.) I ended up planting a rhododendron, 2 boxwood, and 2 Dwarf Tophat Blueberry bushes.

The area I planted faces north and doesn't get that much sun. Boxwood grows best in full sun, but I had a couple of boxwoods planted before in this location and they did well. Hopefully these boxwoods will do just as well.

I mixed compost soil and pine mulch together for the blueberry bushes. Blueberries need a soil Ph of 4.5-5.5. I hope this takes care of their needs. The variety of rhododendron I planted doesn't need an acidic soil and looks like it will bloom soon.

While I was in the planting mode, I planted 2 Shadeblow Serviceberry trees and an American Sweetgum. They are tiny trees that the Fort Wayne Arborist Association was passing out for free.

I cut up some old plastic tile and put it around the saplings for protection. If young trees can survive the lawnmower in my yard, they usually do well.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)