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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Mar 4, 2010 12:21 AM CST
Deb was shopping at Costco today and called me about some Queen Palms they had for $24. We went over there tonight so I could take a look at them and I ended up buying 6. They are all about 8' to 10' tall and I picked up a couple of nice looking pygmy dates too. So it looks like phase 1 of the unplanned front yard re-landscaping project will get started this weekend.
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Name: Brenda
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bsavage
Mar 4, 2010 11:04 AM CST
Nice! That sounds like an excellent price! Pictures????
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Mar 4, 2010 2:03 PM CST
Do you want pictures of trees in buckets or next week after they have been planted? :o)
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Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
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bsavage
Mar 4, 2010 6:05 PM CST
Ummm, after planting, please! Rolling my eyes.
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Mar 4, 2010 6:19 PM CST
OK...I'll probably do before and after pic's.. Maybe one or two inprogress pic's too. Smiling
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bsavage
Mar 4, 2010 6:28 PM CST
Perfect!
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Mar 4, 2010 6:39 PM CST
I just went out and took this "After/Before" pic. That's after the old trees blew down and were removed and before the new ones are put in. I took out a couple of shrubs that I didn't like. Eventually all of the ones left in this pic will go away too.

The house is looking very "naked" right now.

There are a couple of vacant lots in our neighborhood and one of them is right across the street from me. Several times a year they scrape the lot for weed control and today was one of those days.

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Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘...Holy Crap ...What a ride!'
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Mar 6, 2010 10:56 PM CST
I planted all 6 of the Queen Palms, and both Pygmy Dates today. Also removed the rest of the shrubs I didn't want to save and dug a couple of extra holes for some more plants I want to put in tomorrow. Then I went and bought 2 more Pygmy Dates, 3 gardenias, 4 foxtail ferns, another sago and 40 Stella Del Oro bulbs.
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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Mar 7, 2010 1:06 PM CST
It started to rain so while we are waiting to see if it slows down enough to continue I thought I'd take an in progress pic. This project is coming together nicely at this point. I decided to remove the old granite so that I can redo the irrigation system. Then I'll replace the stone with the same dark brown stone thats in the backyard. Eventually I think I'll do a series of free form stepping pods leading from the street curb up to the existing sidewalk.


Since I started writing this post an hour ago, the rain has gotten a lot heavier and I decided to call it a day.

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Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
Mar 7, 2010 1:50 PM CST
Love the look of it Dan. That will come together nicely.
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Mar 7, 2010 2:18 PM CST
Thanks Mary!
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Name: Kelly
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locakelly
Mar 7, 2010 3:11 PM CST
Excellent Dan - that looks really nice! Nice price on those palms too!
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Boopaints
Mar 7, 2010 4:17 PM CST
What a difference already Dan! I love where you are going with this and will sit back and watch!
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Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
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bsavage
Mar 7, 2010 5:56 PM CST
Looking really nice, Dan!
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Mar 8, 2010 11:30 PM CST
Thank you ladies!

So far it's been fun and Deb and I are happy with the results.
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Aguane
Mar 9, 2010 7:37 PM CST
Very refreshing and inviting. Looks so nice, Deb and Dan (and crew).
I love the sound of wind/breeze rustling through Queen Palms.
I have two. My only problem is when those flower pods pop and the bees come. My gosh, So Many Bees.... Now I have them cut off before they flower. Just can't take a chance as I'm allergic to bee's stings.
This pic shows the flower. It's covered in bees though maybe not visible.

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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Mar 16, 2010 9:57 PM CST
I stopped by a landscape materials place on the way home from work today to check on gravel prices for the front yard. While I was there I decided to look at some accent boulders and found a great one. I took a picture of it but I have a new phone and can't seem to figure out how to get it to my computer! I love technology but sometimes it frustrates the @#$% out of me!

This weekend the plan is to complete the irrigation system and set the boulder in place (their estimated weight is 1000/1200 pounds). New gravel the following weekend. That should have the place looking good until I can get back to it for finishing details after I complete the BBQ.
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Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
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bsavage
Mar 17, 2010 11:36 AM CST
Looking forward to pictures of your progress!
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Mar 19, 2010 10:18 PM CST
I stopped on the way home from work this afternoon to pick up the boulder and ended up getting another one. Then when I got home I decided to prep the spot where I want to place it. I was going to wait until I had help tomorrow but went ahead and set it in place by myself. It looks great! I'll take a few pic's tomorrow and post after I get the 2nd one in place.

I think I might move the sago from my backyard to a spot behind the boulder in the front yard now too. I think it will be a great location where the sago and the boulder will compliment each other.
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘...Holy Crap ...What a ride!'
Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
Mar 20, 2010 6:12 AM CST
hmmm Dan. You man handled a 1200# boulder by yourself. Yikes! That sounds tricky. I was thinking a crane would be needed. Interesting.

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