Magazine article Sunset

Bare Earth to Beauty

Magazine article Sunset

Bare Earth to Beauty

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While some Sunset readers are finishing up the summer's harvest, and pruning, mulching, and preparing gardens for the long winter's nap, others are thinking about the spring and how the planning and effort they put into their gardens now will pay off with glorious landscaping then.

Eighteen months ago, we asked readers to send us before and after photos of gardens that they had renovated and landscaped themselves. Respondents told us how they did it, how long it took, and in some cases, how much it cost.

We were not prepared for the quality and quantity of the entries we received-more than 300 in all. Believe me, it was quite a task for senior editor Kathleen Brenzel and her garden staff to decide on just three examples for us to focus on in this issue.

"Fall is the perfect time to execute major garden renovations," Brenzel says. "The nurseries are loaded with good stock of trees and shrubs, and if you get them in the ground now, they'll have the fall rains to really give them a great start. …

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