Need ideas for Small strip of landscape

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Big M LawnnSnow, Apr 15, 2004.

  1. Big M LawnnSnow

    Big M LawnnSnow LawnSite Member
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    I have a commercial customer with a small store in town that wants to spruce up a now grassy area to show improvements and catch potential customers eyes as they drive by.
    The area is only 3 feet wide and approx 60 feet long. and sits between the 2 parking lot entrances.
    Theres a curb on the outside and a side walk on the inside.
    Just a long rectangle.
    I'm going brain dead just looking at it.
    Any Ideas for this piece of grass???
    Trees would not work in this area as he dosent want to block the view of the store.
    Help!!!!
    Thanks
    MJ
     
  2. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
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    How about a full season color display of perennials, with a few small evergreens thrown in for winter interest.
     
  3. lbmd1

    lbmd1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    MJ,
    try some ornamental grasses. They look beautiful in season, and easy to maintain. Cut back in late fall. They can handle abuse from snowplows, salt, etc., and come back each year.

    Mike
     
  4. Big M LawnnSnow

    Big M LawnnSnow LawnSite Member
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    Definately something to consider,
    Thanks guys
    MJ
     
  5. Artistic Blooms

    Artistic Blooms LawnSite Member
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    First, which direction does this area face? N,S,W,E. Although not wide you've got quite a bit of room. What about removing all grass, adding some rocks in groupings scattered throughout in various sizes to give a little more depth and plant for all seasons, Grasses are great perennials blooming from spring to fall and of course annuls to give that puch! Good Luck.
     
  6. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    What would be a spring blooming grass for NJ????
     
  7. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I guess some lower shrubs maybe add some texture to the grassy area, cut a slowly weaving curving edge along the grass(leaving some grass from the sidewalk but taking out the rest for landscape) maybe build a small fieldstone wall like at the most 5 inches high for some texture then some nice plants, berberis, gold thread juniper, eunynoumous, azela, rhodes, etc some mulch and delware river rock.....just some ideas.

    Jeff
     
  8. GrazerZ

    GrazerZ LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ditto on the grasses. Try larger clumping grasses. Put in a large amount of bulbs in the fall. The bulbs will come up in the spring next year before the grasses. When the bulbs are done,cut back then the grasses will come. Interplant grasses with flowering annuals to add bold color and draw attention to his store.
     
  9. Big M LawnnSnow

    Big M LawnnSnow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 217

    You guys have some great ideas.
    I'm going to start laying it out now.
    Thanks
    MJ
     

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