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Landscape Ideas for my own yard

The Lawn Boy Pro

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Waterford, MI
Well, Ive been dealing with other peoples landscapes for awhile now, and I am convinced having my own yard in tip-top shape will be a great example as to the quality of work I can do. I would like to start with the "bottom" of our yard, the lowest point, which actually is a swamp in all that brush. I will attach some pictures to give you an idea of what i am working with. I already have a "dry pond" in mind, which will be natually filled with water in the spring and fall. If i dig it down about a foot or 2, then i should get water all year round.

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The Lawn Boy Pro

The Lawn Boy Pro

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Waterford, MI
Heres the "marsh line" in RED , where the yard ends and the marsh begins.

The area where i would like to be doug out to some small depth is in the BLUE region. The brush between the future pond that I have in mind and the yard will be cut down. will leave the trees for some shade though.

Seeing our basement is a walkout to this part of the yard, I am thinking of building a small creek or some other water feature to follow the hill-line, as i am a pond guy :p, and i think it will be a nice touch to our soon-to-be-remodeled basement. There is a cement patio that needs some help too.


Well, now you have my ideas, and I'd like to see what you all can come up with now :).
 

D Felix

LawnSite Bronze Member
Probably the first thing I would do is plant some trees. I know, you already have trees, but the two closest to the camera in both shots are Acer saccharinum, or silver maple. I'd plant some trees that would take the place of the silvers in a few years. Yes, the silvers grow fast, but fast growth 99% of the time equates weak tree.

I've got 3 decently large silvers in my back yard and they need to come out, the previous homeowners had them topped about 7 years ago.:eek:

What's it look like around your house (foundation plantings)? Usually you start at the house and work out, not the other way!:D


Dan
 

WINGNUT

LawnSite Member
Location
Richmond, VA
You may want to be really careful with this one. I have the same situation and was going to remove a few trees and brush, but I found out that if I did I would be violating some Wetlands Act provisions. I had to leave mine like it is:cry:
 

Scag48

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Marysville, WA
I would put in the dry pond, then create a sitting area around the area using paver blocks. This would be a nice touch and then add some color with some perennials.
 
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