We do regular lawn maintenance for Teresa and Patty and were ask to clean the garden bed along the house. It was a 2.5 hour job and had a truck load of waste to take away. Happy planting Teresa 🙂
In an earlier post I showed the beginning of a new front garden design. The work continues and here is the design on paper with the before pics and the concept design.
The patio will not be exactly as shown although she has chosen different hues of pink.
We were hired by Beryl to transform her front yard in Ladysmith. After several discussions we came up with an initial plan so I could design the area. She wanted raised garden boxes in front of the house and smaller raised garden boxes on each side of her trellis. There will be no grass in the front yard. The grass is non-existent anyway, with only the weeds growing. She wants a low maintenance design, with a large curving patio. We incorporated a dry river bed to run along the perimeter of the patio. This will add visual appeal as well as natural drainage from the yard.
The fence and arbor were installed last year. The shrubs in front of the house had to come out and the garden boxes installed.
Then the yard had to be taken down in height. In some areas it had to be taken down 14 inches so that it would be level. This design is an ongoing project. I will update with the design pics next.
This small patio space was originally seeded with grass that would not grow. It is in a condominium complex and has excess water in the patio area most of the year. The natural drainage of rainwater runs off of their patio as their patio sits lower and is the last one right beside the complex’s green space. They had reseeded the area hoping it would fill in with grass. However the grass was spotty at best and the area was muddy for much of the year. They wanted a clean space that was not only attractive but usable all year long. It was agreed that the sod should come out and be replaced with landscape fabric and then stone. The fabric would allow the excess water to drain as would the stone. Better drainage would mean dryer all year. So we went to work cutting the sod out and then covering with two layers of landscape fabric. Susan chose 3/4 inch limestone for its beauty and ease of walking on, for themselves and their family dog. We layered the stone 3 inches deep on top of the fabric being careful to tuck the fabric tight against the fence so no weeds would grow. It turned out beautiful and Susan and Len love their new look.
Patio prepped and ready to transform
In the fall of 2016 we worked with our garden owner Chrissy to transform her back yard. Chrissy wanted a back yard oasis and we transformed her yard into exactly what she wanted. She ask that we get in touch with her so we could do the same with her front yard in the spring. So I designed a front yard design that would go with her house decor and extend her garden area to allow her more room to create what she wanted. I went to work on the design as she required permission from the strata council. I sent her the design and she presented it and it was accepted. So here is what we did!
Before and design concept of area after.
Note: The existing garden in place is 12 feet in length and 40 inches from the front exterior of the garden to the foundation. The concept for the new garden is to keep the existing back perimeter of the garden 12 inches from the foundation wall and extend the front garden out to a maximum of 54 inches and extend along the sidewalk 24 inches as the garden design is circular and will extend out in the centre further then the existing garden. The front perimeter of the garden will be a rock wall defining it from the lawn area. The front perimeter will be prepped by removal of a small amount of sod. Landscape fabric will be placed under the stone to deter weed growth. The rock wall will be approximately 8 inches high and will be placed approximately 4 inches back in order to add mulch in front of stones for ease of lawn cutting. There is currently a hydrangea and several spring bulbs in the garden which will be left and some small shrubs and flowers added to the new garden.
*** The rock wall shown above is an example of what the design will look like. The wall will not be exactly as shown.
The front garden area is now transformed and here is the new look! I take my hat off to my son Tim who did a fantastic job…WOW what a transformation. Here is to you Tim…Cheers!
This season is the busiest I have ever had and there has been no time to update the website. The challenge as always is the weather and it has been extreme this year.
I trimmed a Boxwood hedge that had not been trimmed since it was planted. Some of the plants were larger then others so the challenge was to try and bring them down to the same size.