Prep­ping the gar­den

Austin American-Statesman - - GARDENING -

I had known this fence was go­ing to be re­placed for years, so I had al­ready moved the bulbs. English ivy smoth­ered ev­ery­thing else. The most dif­fi­cult plant to deal with was the “Mer­maid” rose, which had threaded it­self through the fence and trees. “Mer­maid” is one prickly rose! I cut off an old sec­tion tangled in a crape myr­tle that was slated for re­moval, then tied the new canes over to one side. I flagged the whole rose with orange con­struc­tion tape — not so much for the pro­tec­tion of the rose but for the pro­tec­tion of the work­ers.

One thing I’ve learned about work­ers: They’re ef­fi­cient be­cause they’re fo­cused on get­ting their job done. That fo­cus is so nar­row they don’t “see” a gar­den. So I marked off the path through the gar­den beds with more orange con­struc­tion tape. This is an edg­ing that speaks to con­struc­tion work­ers: It says, “Don’t take a short­cut through here. Don’t dump ma­te­ri­als here. Don’t pour ce­ment here.”

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