California Lilac Hedge

We were contacted by a garden owner that wanted to create beauty along his driveway.  The existing garden was actually empty of plants.  A derelict fence needed to be removed first.  We had the customer make a BC 1 call – which means he called the province to ensure there were no underground lines…and there is!  There is a gas line that runs right down the middle of the garden bed.  The gas company sent out an employee and he sprayed the garden with yellow paint outlining where the gas line is.

The garden owners wanted California Lilacs (Ceanothus) for their beauty and for the bees and butterflies to enjoy.  It will grow into its space and will be easily managed as it will not grow to unmanageable heights.  We suggested planting them 3 feet apart along the 60 foot expanse of garden.  We also love the fact that it is deer resistant, native to Vancouver Island and drought tolerant.

After assessing the line in regards to its depth and size we agreed to move forward with the job.  We were concerned that our estimate would be off so after discussion with the owners we were in agreement to go ahead.  The line was actually buried deep enough that it did not interfere with the planting but we did excavate it by hand to ensure it was the same depth throughout the garden bed, which it is.

We dismantled the fence and disposed of it and it completely opened up the space, as well as allowing a beautiful view of the neighbours gardens.  It is very visually appealing giving it continuity and flow.  When the planting was complete we added mulch 4 inches thick to impede weeds, protect the plant roots from all types of weather as well as slowly break down and feed the plants.

So, here are the before and after pictures.  The owners are very happy and so are we.  As for the estimate…we still did it in the time we had originally estimated…making the customers even happier.

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