What Happens When You Have More Light in Your Yard?

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Pruned trees may change the amount of light reaching your garden beds, so you may need to reorder your garden.

The yard crews came through to clear the trees away from the power lines. Neighbors had already pruned their trees. My shade garden found itself in full sun. Has this happened to you? Since I have been in my home, the quality of light has changed greatly over the years. You do not expect drastic shifts in light, but I guess that I should have been prepared. I am not sure sometimes what reasoning is used to clear branches from the power lines. I noticed that the crew was about to remove a branch tat was fifteen feet from the lines, but then they stopped. One of my trees was devastated one year by this crew, while the neighbors trees that were in the line were basically left alone. This year that jungle of branches over the fence was pruned well back.  The dense cover that had shaded my yard was gone.

   This new found light has brought benefits and problems. Before I had moved into the home, sun loving plants took up residence in this area. My home has gone from being someone’s house to a rental property. Renters do not typically garden, so the garden anguished, while the neighbor’s bushes and trees found their way over the fence. The established plants did well, but my garden needed help. I worked towards a better garden bed. With all of this shade, I did plant shade loving plants. They thrived. After a week of full sun with summer heat, the shade loving plants have suffered.
    Summer is not the time for transplanting, but sometimes you move plants when they require other conditions. Yesterday I pulled out the shovel. Starting early in the morning, I moved plants to shadier parts of the garden, watering them after the move. This leaves me with quite an open, devastated space. Once the sun was setting, I began rearranging this area. I am hoping to fill in this space with plants in the fall. I am creating a raised bed about two feet high. I have a raised bed for vegetables that helped to define a garden room that was a reading spot for me. The hot sun causes no comfort when reading here, so I am making the raised bed into a U-shape. With so much light, I am thinking of more vegetables in that bed. The U-shape of the raised bed could become an intimate seating area (the raised beds were made with cement decorative blocks). My idea is to place a different stone paver or stone slab on top of theses cement blocks to create seating. Pavers with thyme will create the flooring. I am looking at making small tables and a small fire pit. This small space cannot hold much, so I am looking at an outdoor coffee tables.
    Working in the heat was not my plan for this summer. I thought that most of my garden chores would revolve around watering and weeding. Creating a new bed is not a summer task when heat exhaustion can be serious. The plants will hopefully be saved. Their new homes are appropriate, and the shade is perfect for allowing any transplant to heal. I will have to watch the watering. I do not want to flood the roots. Well, at least the crew pruning the trees brought me into the garden for work again.

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This site came out of my desire to write about my love of gardening, but also to connect it to my knowledge derived from home inspections. That is why I tied it to the home inspection site.If you have questions, you can email them to me (frank at yourhoustonhomeinspector.com). For home inspections, call 713.781.6090.
Happy gardening, Frank


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