Last year I posted pictures of my back yard with a design that I had in mind. Due to unforeseen circumstances I had to move a couple of months ago and my yard design was not completed.
So now, I have a new yard…which is…well the pictures speak for themselves. There is nothing that motivates me more then landscaping…I love to create beauty through design with alot of help from mother nature. This yard is like a blank slate just waiting to be designed.
Here are the challenges: Privacy, Privacy & Privacy
Privacy Our home is in town and has a walking path along the back (east) of the lot and up along the south side of the property. Our neighbour is the local dog park so you can imagine the traffic around our house. I love dogs and humans…don’t get me wrong…but I love my privacy more.
The entire lot is fenced in and has great potential but has not had any type of landscaping or gardening done in many years. The only neighbours on the north side had a beautiful cedar fence installed some years ago and it has stood up to the test of time. The fence does give us some privacy. However, our yard runs on a gradual slope downhill so there is next to no privacy in the entire back yard. We live downstairs in a suite and there is also a suite above us. Thankfully, (for now) my son rents the upstairs suite so privacy is a non-issue.
Backyard swamp – after moving in November, we discovered the back yard was like a swamp. The ground was so waterlogged that we could not walk through most of it without getting soaking wet feet. To our surprise we found out that the former owner had pumped all of the gray water from the house into the back yard via an underground hose that she had buried. So all of the water from the laundry room and all of the water from the kitchen sink travels to the back yard. It is also obvious that there is poor drainage in the back yard. We already use all natural “green” products…phosphate free, so this is one less thing to worry about.
Cedar Hedge – Many years have passed since the previous owner planted a cedar hedge at the back of the lot. They are slow growing cedars so they are small and there are holes in the hedge. Not sure if some died or if there were not enough planted. In any case, it is going to be one of the biggest challenges landscaping and I am so looking forward to it.
Rocks Rock & More Rocks The entire yard has rocks everywhere. The neighbour told me the previous owner brought in truck loads of rocks of all shapes and sizes. Oh my, I have never ever seen so many rocks on such a small property. So I will incorporate what rocks I can and the rest I am taking to two different clients who are in need of rocks….oh my goodness I hope they want lots!!!! As you can see from the picture, I already pulled some rocks from around the tree in the picture below. I planted strawberries under the tree in November when I moved in, so its a very small start.
Oh, I almost forgot, we inherited a fish pond, in the forefront of the bottom left picture. It is beautiful and has great potential as a focal point in the gardens. So here we go with a new project!!!