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Existing landscape, additional ideas needed.

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by BostonBull, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 520

    I have a small mulch bed area, that is 2 years old. I am looking for some ideas of what I can do to add to the area, or change in the area. We are currently installing a fence, and it changes the landscape quite a bit when its done.

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  2. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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    View from my front porch

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  3. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 520

    View from above.......

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  4. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 520

    Here is a layout of whats there......

    -The tree is a Flowering Dogwood
    -The Yellow X are Endless Summer, and Blushing bride Hydrangea
    -Green X are Azalea
    -Red X Viburnum
    -Blue X Hydrangea
    -Light Blue Golden mound Spirea

    I am thinking of moving the Spirea down to the corner of the bed by the house under to the left of the Yellow X Hydrangea. I would add 1 more Azalea in its place.
    I also wanted to add 2 more viburnum to that slope in the front.

    Where the fends ends and mulch bed begins at the top of the picture is 14'. I was going to dig up all the grass, extend the mulch and maybe put a weeping conifer in the corner.

    The mulch bed is 16' tall by about 35' long as is.

    I was also thinking of putting a small picket fence, maybe 3' tall, across the top of the mulch bed for looks and property boundry......the house next door is up for sale.

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  5. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 520

    I should add that......The area gets sun in the morning for 2-3 hours, and then again, like you see in the pictures for 2-3 hours. The whole are never gets good sun. The soil is mostly clay/sand. Crap soil really!
     
  6. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    umnnn...is there grid in that wall. If there is be careful not to hit it. If there isn't, well let's just say you have a lot bigger problems than plant selection and placement.

    what type of wall is that...appears to be about 5' tall and I don't see any daylighted pipes and a drainpipe that appears to drop right behind the wall onto the ground. You could be asking for trouble. Perhaps I'm wrong????
     
  7. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 520

    I honestly dont know. we bought the house when it was 6 months old. theres crushed stone behind the wall, I dont know how far down, or thick it is.

    Is there a way to tell whats there?
     
  8. Tyler7692

    Tyler7692 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,086

    Dunno 'bout the plants but the wall does have a very slight outward bow to it.
     
  9. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 520

    not the news I was hoping for!

    what can I do to tell what's there, and help the situation?
     
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Ya, unfortunatly I agree with the other posts. That wall doesn't look too sound. Even if it's OK, it might last only a couple of years before it crumbles. I think you should address that issue before doing any plantings.

    If you do a wall right, and use geo-grid, you'll end up tearing up most of the berm or hill before your done.
     

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