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Mar 9, 2018 12:40 PM CST
|I have a lot of trees in my backyard so the amount of sunlight in areas varies throughout the year and day. Places that get full sun now i know most likely wont when the trees get all their leaves. What is the best way to determine where to plant stuff with specific light requirements?|
Mar 9, 2018 3:51 PM CST
|Do what you are doing: Observe and record how much sun any one area gets at any time of the year. While you are doing that, think about what you might want to plant. You may discover you made a couple mistakes but you can always transplant. You also may discover that a particular plant you would love to have will not live in your yard conditions - then you change conditions or change your mind about what you want to grow. I had to give up wanting ferns.
My front yard faces west and our neighborhood CCR's say no large trees so all the plants out there have to deal with heat and wind and only morning shade. I have a lot of carpet roses, dwarf evergreens and some cactus. I planted a wave of daffodils to brighten things up before the roses start blooming.
My backyard faces east so morning sun but no afternoon sun. My vegetable garden is on the south side of my house - it gets full sun all day long summer or winter. The north side was the tough side. Against the wall of the house, shade all year but against the boundary wall, winter shade and summer sun.
I stared at my yard for a full year before I started planning and planting and still had to move a few things that didn't work out.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost
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