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In today’s Plant Talk it’s about the finish. 
At least for this one outdoor project.
Here’s Kevin Hollatz. 
KEVIN: I finished up one of the projects I started probably over a month ago, where I transplanted out a flowering crabapple tree. The next step was to build some burms with soil, do all of my conifer planting. The final step was I did my field stone work, and then I polished it off by top-dressing on with crushed granite. Let’s take a look at a few of the steps.
KEVIN: Now this entire area of crushed granite I actually hand-sprinkled all this decorative rock. If you dump it, you end up with this mound effect and you’re going to cover up all the field stone… all the bigger rocks you put in there.
KEVIN: Now whether I build a rock bed or a mulch bed, I avoid any of the fabrics or poly. I just choose not to use them. As long as you stay on top of the weed control that first year, you’ll be in about the same position you were if you chose to use it. I think it’s also better for the plants long-term if we avoid using that poly or fabric.
KEVIN: The other thing to keep in mind if you’re creating a bed such as this, open space will create a nice effect. It’s actually done on purpose. As well as I’ve got congested plantings, and plants that are a little further apart to make a window as you either walk or drive by. You get a nice viewpoint looking through.
KEVIN: As always, thanks for watching Plant Talk. We’ll see you again next time.

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