The 7th weekly winner is Kimberly Smith, of Salt Lake City, for her photos of a recently purchased house that has been swallowed by plants. Here are landscape pro Jason Cameron's tips for rescuing this desperate landscape.
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These trees are not only too big for this small yard, they may be damaging the house's foundation. Unfortunately, removal will not be cheap. Ask friends and neighbors to recommend a tree removal firm and make sure the company is bonded and insured.
Consider placing another tree in the center of the yard, but select a smaller variety than the current large maple. Plant an ornamental tree such as Okame Cherry (Prunus x incam 'Okame'), which grows to about 15-25ft tall and 15-20 ft wide. It bears deep pink blooms in early spring, has beautiful fall color and attractive red-brown bark.
When the trees are removed, you'll finally see the front door; paint it a welcoming color. Place a large container on the right side of the door and fill with a tall tropical plant. Select a variety that you can bring inside during the winter months.
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