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Ideas for my house

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by jrlandscaping781, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. jrlandscaping781

    jrlandscaping781 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    Just looking for some ideas to improve the landscaping in the front of my home. It's cold up here in the Michigan this time of year, can't wait until spring to get busy again. Particularly interested in what you guys would do in the space between the sidewalk and porch. Only about 18" wide.

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  2. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,206

    Install some pencil hollies or some dwarf korean yupon hollies along your front sidewalk. Maybe think about moving that Jap maple at the far fight to something a little bit more robust... like birch, Crape myrtle, or even a big Foster Holly. Disguising corners is always a good thing to do while updating or installing a landscape.
  3. Captain Ozark

    Captain Ozark LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Go with a Blue Spruce on the corner. That way you will have something to take the edge off year round. I can't tell if that is an Alberta Spruce or a Juniper next to the porch, but I would make it go away. That space between the sidewalk and the porch is tough. I would go with something simple like liriope (monkey grass). Another option is annuals. Whatever you do don't use something that grows higher than the porch.
  4. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,206

    A Blue Spruce would be good in that corner. I think, though, that adding something with a little bit of height would go well in the sidewalk bed. It would give them some privacy and act as a natural barrier. Pencil hollies are easy to take care and prune... plus, they grow well in poor soil.
  5. Captain Ozark

    Captain Ozark LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    To each his own, I guess. If you want more privacy you could also put a rail across the porch.
  6. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,776

    He is in Michigan, not exactly Crepe Myrtle or Yaupon Holly territory.

    Short of making a new walkway, I'd suggest things that will take the abuse of the snow load that might come off of that roof. Non-woody things like ornamental grasses and herbacious perennials good give you a good look in season and not get busted up in the winter.

    You might want to think about removing the walkway and putting in a new paver or stone walkway allowing for a bigger bed for planting.
  7. SpruceLandscape

    SpruceLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 502

    you could always do something simple in between the walkway and porch like a mulchbed and day lillies, or do a small hedge with some boxwoods
  8. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    I like this idea. Or between the porch and walkway plant some annuals in there... But that is something you would have to do year after year.
  9. Penscape Landscaping

    Penscape Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 357

    Hey guys a Sky pencil Grows 6 to 8 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide. Probally to big for this location as a hedge. I would suggest the soft touch holly. It grows 2/3 tall and wide. Cold hardy to zone 5. Good luck that jap. maple would be hard to move at that size but if ntersted it should be moved to middle.
  10. greenbaylawns

    greenbaylawns LawnSite Senior Member
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