there is a crimson king maple in the front and will shade the right side of the house some. the drive that lead into the portaco doesn't have anything to obstruct the morning sun. The front of the house faces east. drive is south so might get some afternoon sun on the right side of the house then. I posted a pic before but this might give everyone a better idea of what I am working with.
Commented 3 days ago
I agree about expanding the planting area - it does not need to be a straight line. You can
vary the type of plants more easily not using a straight line approach. Also at the entry door area use smaller plants, a decrative item of some type (maybe a "Welcome" sign or flag). Use plants that work well for your area and that will not over grow the area. Maybe you could extend the walking area next to the driveway with steping stones or other media or add another planting area - depending on what you need. If you have a mail box on the street, you could also have colorful plants in that space as well.
This lake forms with each rain in varying degrees. It lies between ours and the neighbor's yard and over the years has been leaving our yard growing larger in the neighbor's. We
approached them about putting in a drainage system and were told they did that 20 years ago and weren't about to do it again. This happens up and down our street between houses and as a group we had gone before the village council with complaints. This past summer street work was done which included larger piping and grates being installed. We were told the problem was fixed.
This is the reason our sump pumps work so hard and never seem to last. Does anyone have any ideas? I am open to all suggestions except moving.
Commented on Dec 13, 2012
Fighting the government would be a hugh pain, but still may have to be done. It is amazing
that one hand in government does not know what the other hand does - or that it even has another hand. Anyway, looking into modifing the landscape is also worthwhile. By getting information from environmental, landscaping and back to the government, you may have what you need to get this dealt with properly so that the water does not pond up and can drain away.
The owner wanted an inviting, more cottage-like look for the home. We added a new front porch, did a face-lift on the front facade and installed a new stone walkway and a picket fence. We
filled in the central lawn area with shade-tolerant, colorful plantings like Endless Summer Hydrangea, Autumn Ferns and Impatiens. The final touches included hanging baskets, new planters, window boxes filled with annual plants and a new mailbox with vines.
Commented on Sep 12, 2012
Beyond Excellent! I'm a Realtor and I wish home sellers put 1/10th into their homes as this!