We are pleased that Dale Dailey did not keep his promise to not create any new gardens, and that he shared this with us!
"I have long enjoyed Japanese gardens, but had resisted creating a garden in this style. I thought that the specialized nature of the gardens required knowledge that I just didn’t have. I had previously included elements of Japanese gardens in a quiet, meditative area of our large garden.
A year ago, a large pine tree in the area died and was removed. In the aftermath, a formerly shady area became quite sunny. The shade-loving ground cover died back and weeds came rushing in to take advantage of the new environment. I battled the weeds for much of this summer, but finally decided I needed a permanent solution. I am 75 years old and had previously promised myself that I would not create any new gardens. But after much walking around and deliberating, I finally decided to proceed with a Japanese-style gravel garden."
"Compared to other gardening projects I have taken on, this turned out to be relatively easy. The total project took less than 40 hours and my out-of-pocket cost was around $200. I also like that the garden should be quite easy to maintain."
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