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Old 06-03-2018, 11:52 AM
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Barberry is an invasive plant in New Hampshire and your landscaper is correct to want to remove it.

However, if you have diabetes and want to replace your medicine with a home remedy, then barberry may be useful.

Its dense growth habit creates a humid environment that increases tick survival and populations. White footed mice serve as the larval host of Lyme carrying ticks, and they also tend to prefer the shelter of barberry.

...Hand removal is the best option for eliminating small, isolated plants. Larger plants can be removed with a garden spade, hoe, or weed wrench. Take care to wear thick gloves to protect your hands from the sharp thorns. Try to remove as much of the root system as possible because Japanese barberry can easily re-sprout from the remaining roots.

New Hampshire Invasive Species Status: Prohibited (Agr 3800)

...sites invaded by Japanese barberry tend to have higher occurrences of ticks than those habitats not yet invaded. Abundance of black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis), which is a vector for lyme disease, was greater in the presence of Japanese barberry due to its high evapotranspiration rate.

Information regarding Japanese barberry impacts in invaded communities includes evidence that Japanese barberry invasion displaces native shrubs and causes changes in soil properties

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Old 06-03-2018, 12:27 PM
Location: middle tennessee
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I expected something much worse. I clip vines with a pair of scissors just under the soil instead of pulling. I sit on a stool to do this. They are easier to identify and clear away after they die. Put down cardboard and spread mulch in the larger bare spots. Some of your plants need cutting back and divided when the time is right.

Dig a border trench between your planting area and your lawn.

I would rather have a day worker help with the heavy work than a person who wants to tear it all out and plant grass.

Good luck If you decide to go with grass, give someone a chance to rescue your flowers first. I would love to have them if I lived close.
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Old 06-03-2018, 12:48 PM
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Suggesting making the beds narrower, and more sculpted/shaped to flatter your house. The beds are meant to accent your house - you don't need them that wide. I could see sodding part of the bed and keeping smaller, narrower one for your hydrangeas, azaleas, some bulbs and annuals.

Suggest dumping the crabapples and replacing with several japanese maple or flowering pears or even some nice holly bushes.

Doesn't sound like you have found the right landscaper yet. I have had great luck with going to a nice quality nursery and asking for recommendations from the nursery manager. Often they know area landscapers. Yes, its gonna run you at least $2,000 probably. If you tell the guy you want to keep certain trees, they can dig them up and reposition them in a better location. I could see some mixed beds at your house, with a wider section split with some river rock and a small maple tree. A little river rock looks great to accent

If you are not into gardening, suggest ponying up the cash and getting it professionally done - they rip old vines and things out and lay down weedmat. You only need to do it ONCE, because after that maintenance is a snap if you keep up with it. Need to keep the bushes trimmed back, and the edges of the bed clipped too. You won't regret it, especially when it comes time to sell your house.
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Old 06-03-2018, 02:52 PM
Location: Indianapolis, East Side
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OP, you have a lot of nice plants in your beds. They look like the just need a little trimming and tidying up. Your house is going to look bare without any landscaping.

You can get free mulch from tree trimmers. They'll dump a load of it in your driveway.
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Old 06-03-2018, 07:35 PM
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Location: 11235
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I think you are crazy. It looks beautiful, and would take years to replace that. Just my personal opinion, but I'd proudly leave it be. I like the idea of stepping stones if it creates a barrier to accessing the back yard, but otherwise, its lovely - just my 2 cents.
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Old 06-03-2018, 11:46 PM
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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The shorter plants you show, with deeply-lobed leaves and pink flowers, are a type of wild, non-native geranium. It doesn't look like one of the more difficult types to control. I have four different species of them here, but I have mostly wiped out the two most invasive ones, by persistent pulling over the years. One of these, would send underground runners out about 12 feet per year. It's called "Robert geranium", or "herb Robert" and is like a plague, if you let it get started. It has a foul smell, if you disturb the leaves.

Be glad you don't have to deal with English ivy, as I do. Both neighbors like ivy and let it grow, so I have to pull up a thousand sprouts every year. A neighbor two houses down, has several huge maple trees that are doomed, because ivy has been allowed to grow all over them. One big tree has already died and had to be removed, but they won't listen to any advice on the matter. The tree specialists who took the tree out, probably like ivy too, as it provides a lot of business for them. Maples seem to be the most quickly damaged by ivy. Oak trees are a bit more durable and Douglas firs, although they also will be eventually killed by ivy, can withstand it longer.
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Old 06-04-2018, 06:02 AM
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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I agree with those who said just hire someone to weed and put in a few stepping stones. You've got some beautiful plants in those beds- don't pull it all out.
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Old 06-04-2018, 06:12 AM
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I also agree that you have some nice plants that you should try to preserve.

We have a similar situation and have an estimate of $1100 for a landscaper to spray, clean up, mulch, and put down something similar to Preen but much stronger and more long lasting.

I do have to weed around the plants that I want to save so that he can spray weed killer.
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Old 06-04-2018, 06:43 AM
Location: SW Florida
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I agree - leave it be, just weed as necessary and lay down mulch. Your house & garden are beautiful.
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Old 06-04-2018, 07:19 AM
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Oh I love your beds and it would make me sad to see them torn up for grass. Perhaps there is someone who can help you maintain it for a lot less money than getting rid of it.
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