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First mini makeover.

Chris & Marie completed their first mini makeover for Tania & Con from Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs. 3MP listeners emailed in some photos and background information of their gardens and Chris & Marie selected Tania & Cons garden where a nice centerpiece planting lifted the existing garden.

The idea was to complete a small garden project that would really give somebody a garden lift, a planting job that anybody could complete in their own garden at a minimal cost. Chris & Marie selected Tania & Con’s garden as it was very neat and nice but a little bit plain. Chris felt the centerpiece would really give their garden a big lift. When Chris & Marie met Tania she was a really lovely person and deserving of the mini makeover, they were happy to plant some plants in her garden to give it a lift.

Chris used a sharp spade and cut a neat garden edge in a round circular shape. The lawn was a variety of couch, so he carefully skimmed off the lawn with a spade and Marie raked and picked out the small pieces of root. The circle created was approx. 1.4m round. The soil was dug out to a depth of 18 inches deep and some planting mix was incorporated into the bottom of the hole and a bare rooted Celtic Cascade Kilmarnock Willow was placed into the hole on top of 6” of soft cultivated earth.

The hole was then filled in with planting mix. On top of the soil Chris used some Dolomite Lime and planted 50 mixed coloured Geraniums around the base of the tree and bare rooted English Box every 15cm around the perimeter of the circle.

Chris & Marie used a drop sheet on the lawn so that it didn’t get dirty whilst they were digging so it was just a matter of gathering up the weeds and excess soil once the job was finished.

Chris & Marie used an advanced Celtic Cascade Kilmarnock Willow valued at $200 (a smaller 1st year specimen can be purchased for around $20).

They also used $15 worth of Geranium seedlings, $60 worth of English Box plants, $100 worth of planting mix & $2 worth of dolomite lime. The cost of the project with the advanced weeper was under $400 and if a 1st year specimen was used the cost would have been under $200.

As you can see the mini makeover lifted the garden!

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