A couple of months ago my neighbor came over one morning to inform me that the tree bordering our yards was going to be torn out.
She might has told me she was also ripping my heart out, because I freaking LOVE the tree she was planning to murder. In a huge backyard renovation, she is clearing most of the mature trees in her yard and the jasmine plants along her side of the fence.
I love this tree, because it is what I see when I look out my home office window. It is a 35 foot tall pine fern and it’s branches dip into my yard, making a gorgeous green wall where the local doves like to congregate. It make for a lovely, relaxing and extremely pleasant view out the window.
So I went to the nursery to try to buy a couple of vines and a replacement tree in an effort to reclaim my zen little window into greenery. As fate would have it, the plants that were on sale (50% off!) were…. Pine ferns and jasmine vines! Uhhhh, hashtag FATE?!
Now, a couple of months ago I connected with the lovely folks at Scotts and Miracle-Gro asking if they would like to help me out in my “re-green the sideyard” project, and they were awesome sauce and decided to lend me a hand! I was so excited to get started right away, and while the Central Valley of California is uniquely suited to planting hardy varieties year round, we had week after week of drenching rain. (Bad news for gardening, but GREAT news for our California drought!)
This last weekend we FINALLY had a dry spell, perfect for planting and yardwork! We got right to work on re-greening my little space! But first, more about the tools…
I had received a couple of MaxFLEX 5/8 diameter heavy garden hoses (CLICK HERE to view), and have since replaced ALL of my outdoor hoses with these beauties (although I still use my Gilmour hose, which I buried under the lawn for my garden drip line.. that sucker is staying buried until it bursts and I HAVE TO dig it up! haha).
This hose is crazy impressive. I mean, come on, it’s a hose right?! But I am homeowner now, so this pretty much elicits the same joy as comic books and playing dress up so SHARE IN MY JOY DAMMIT!! (Apparently other do, because this hose is one of THE highest rated hoses, enjoying 5 star reviews that number in the thousands on Amazon, Home Depot and Walmart and other online review spots!)
I had actually initiated contact with Scotts because I noted that their garden hoses are drinking water safe, being lead free. With little kiddos playing in the water all summer and drinking from the hose, having SAFE material was an absolute must for us. So with safety solely in mind, I was crazy impressed to see the hose was just so nifty in other ways!
Made from a tough co-polymer that features Lay-Flat technology, the Scotts MaxFLEX garden hose provides excellent kink resistance during use. I have been dragging mine around the yard, and around corners, and it has yet to give me a kink. (Haha, that sounds kinda dirty.) The exclusive co-polymer material makes the hose 30% lighter than similar hoses.
But my FAVORITE unexpected feature is that the hose features couplings that are made of GINORMOUS oversized XL crush-proof aluminum that is pretty much indestructible (at least to my standards)… it is advertised that it withstands daily use and trampling by heavy feet or heavy garden equipment, but I would through armored tanks onto that list for good measure. The couplings also easily attach to any spigot and feature innovative Hose Armour technology to prevent binding at the spigot when pulled. Win!
Now, the soaker hoses! Some of you know I recently discovered the water saving, time saving and labor saving joy of drip line watering systems for home gardens. (I know, I am pretty much like a home owning caveman in that regard.) Once I discovered this nifty resource, I knew I needed to bring in an easy and efficient kit suited to helping young trees and vines put down deep roots.
Soaker hoses are pretty much perfect, since the tiny pores along the length of the hose leak water at a rate no faster than the ground can absorb it. (Laying a soaker hose next to the base of your plants delivers water straight to the plant roots – right where you want it for a young plant trying to get established!)
The Miracle-Gro Soaker System Kit (CLICK HERE to view) allows you to create your customized soaker layout with a fool proof EZ-Connect System that connects to any garden hose with an included attachment.
The soaker hoses safely soak the root zone and conserve up to the 70% water. The 100 feet of hose sports high performance burst strength, and are included with detailed instructions to guide you through creating the soaker system with the 18 piece hose connectors (although it is so self-explanatory and intuitive that the directions aren’t really a necessity!) I grabbed an extra Orbit watering timer unit to attach to my Scott hose and Miracle-Gro soaker kit and VOILA!!! Work free and worry free watering!
So guess what? After months of warning that my tree would be ripped out, literally the DAY AFTER these photos were taken, the giant pine fern was felled… looks like I wasn’t the only one waiting for a dry spell for yard work! I literally spent most of the morning staring out the window at the crew my neighbor had hired to rip the tree out, feeling grumpy and staring like a creeper through the curtains, watching nervously hoping they didn’t trample my new baby plants. (They didn’t!)
It has been about a week since I installed my new plants and watering system and they are looking perky and perfect so far… Now I just need to wait for, uhhhhh, 3 to 5 years before my tree blocks the window with a lovely wall of green? Good thing the soaker hose has a 7 year warranty! 😉