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Here is what you can do with a mostly shady backyard. Get rid of the grass and make it a place to enjoy.

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Here is what can be done with a typical backyard, where the grass struggles to survive. There was the sloped section that was covered with pinestraw. The existing plants were the dogwood and the large masses of azaleas. We worked around those items to transform the yard. The homeowner wanted a patio space, and by pushing it out into the yard, it also becomes something that is beautiful to look at when inside the home.
We removed all the grass, and after adding several tons of different rocks, the homeowner has a new yard. The overall desire was to keep it looking very natural. The 400 groundcovers, 86 perennials, 48 shrubs, and 1 tree will now need to grow and fill in the areas. In just a couple years, I will have to return to take photos of the area as it matures.
  • here is what you can do with a mostly shady backyard get rid of the grass and make, flowers, gardening, landscape, outdoor living, patio, perennial, The view coming around the house from the driveway
The view coming around the house from the driveway.
  • here is what you can do with a mostly shady backyard get rid of the grass and make, flowers, gardening, landscape, outdoor living, patio, perennial, Looking up at the pergola we built for the client You can see the solid stone bridge set over the dry streambed
Looking up at the pergola we built for the client. You can see the solid stone bridge set over the dry stream bed.
  • here is what you can do with a mostly shady backyard get rid of the grass and make, flowers, gardening, landscape, outdoor living, patio, perennial, A look from further down the yard This shows more of the elevations and the stonework
A look from further down the yard. This shows more of the elevations and the stonework.
  • here is what you can do with a mostly shady backyard get rid of the grass and make, flowers, gardening, landscape, outdoor living, patio, perennial, This is a before view of what we started with Although it is not the exact same angle it provides an idea that nothing was there except the dogwood in the middle You can also tell that we began working on the design phase with this client a few seasons ago while leaves were still on the dogwood We stay on a backlog of work so by the time we did the installation it was springtime
This is a before view of what we started with. Although it is not the exact same angle, it provides an idea that nothing was there except the dogwood in the middle. You can also tell that we began working on the design phase with this client a few seasons ago, while leaves were still on the dogwood. We stay on a backlog of work, so by the time we did the installation, it was springtime.
  • Envy Lawn
    Envy Lawn Dalton, GA
    on Mar 13, 2014

    Because of the pine straw, has there been more bugs or moist ground (potentially bringing mold into the picture)? Couldn't another option could have been the use of artificial grass?

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Jun 29, 2014

    I will post some pictures IF I can get this looking better. We have faced one delay in getting our yard in shape this year from one problem to another...late spring, too much rain, some old back problems (ha), and putting most of our work effort into saving what sod we do have! We developed a fungus...never even knew about them...and it has taken part of our Zoysia. Starting Monday, we are hand pulling out the bad patches of grass (more of just picking up than pulling out) where we intend to spread a layer of sand and top soil hoping since we are in the growing season it will fill in. Our grassy areas are small and we have one place the size of a small Volkswagon! I just hope I have enough energy to get in the ground some of the Iris a friend shared with me!

  • Wanda sinnema
    Wanda sinnema Seattle, WA
    on Jul 2, 2015

    I do love the setting for this,,,,BUT a few comments.. ROUND-UP is being banned in many states (washington for one) it is killing the bee population. not to mention it gets into all the soil and the runoff water not healthy for us, our pets, wildlife, or environment.. USE IT WITH CAUTION and sparingly... a slower but better way is the newspaper or cardboard anchored down in the fall,,remove it in the spring, or a sod cutter for larger areas. Yes its hard work,, Yes its slow work if you do it yourself.. THIS IS NOT MAINTAINANCE FREE YARD,Less work than a picture perfect green grass lawn. You will have work,, only different kind to keep it picture perfect . Evergreen trees drop stuff all the time, all others drop leaves, twigs, flowers, pods or the like..all the time. instead of mowing you will be raking and picking up, deadheading, and turning.. It is a very nice job,and I do like it.It looks like a park setting.. this looks like a HUGE lots..

  • Jane
    Jane Nashville, AR
    on Oct 9, 2015

    I have a problem area that I would love to do this in, and there are a couple of big trees to work around. I have access to plenty of pine needles. My concern is what to do with all the leaves in the Fall, & there will be lots! I normally use a blower, but that would also blow the pine needles out.

    • JustSue
      JustSue Randolph A F B, TX
      on Nov 13, 2015

      @Jane Good question...I have the same question!

  • Flowerscapes Garden Design & Landscaping
    Flowerscapes Garden Design & Landscaping Suwanee, GA
    on Oct 17, 2015

    Beautiful, as always!

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