No matter where you live creating a sense of privacy is always important. It's not that you don't wish to be friendly, but when you want a little me time it's nice to be able to... Clear
definition between public spaces in your yard and private spaces add to making your yard much more functional and aesthetically pleasing. Compare your 'outdoor rooms' with those inside your home; it's nice to have clear definition between the foyer, living room kitchen (public in a sense) and home office, den and bedrooms (the private). The in between space we refer to as the "Transition Zone." With in the 'transition zone' there should exist a clear demarcation that you are moving from one space to the next... "The Threshold." The most evident place for the transition from the front/public to the back/private is located in the side yard. Usually a space that is neglected, unused and only occupied when you're mowing the lawn.
The "Classic Cedar Pergola" was designed to create the entrance to the backyard... The Threshold. To assist in the creation of privacy, custom cedar panels were installed to the "Classic Cedar Pergola." From a distance it appears as a fence and the site line to the backyard is interrupted. The clay paver path zig-zags through the pergola establishing a smooth pedestrian flow. Privacy is established. The side yard is no longer a barren wasteland. The overall feeling of space is increased.
The design concept and project were created by Sr. Landscape Designer Glenn! Switzer. Glenn! is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. Landscape Structures: Arbors and Pergolas by Switzer's http://www.switzersnursery.com/what-we-do/la...
I have this area beside my deck and behind my garage that I need advice on what to do. The area to the left is my neighbors yard(stones are about the divide line) This is a light traffice
section of our house, the traffice can be reirected by using the deck(on the right/behind the wood fence) I usually throw down mulch(every year) and it is always gone by the next spring. We have major maple tress that throw down the red things and helicopters not to mention the leaves, this is why the mulch never stays. The area behind the garage faces my neighbors back yard and I wouuld love to have it not be an eye sore for them. The dirt is very hard and the maple trees have roots that love to come to the top of the soil. HELP! What do you think would be a great fix for this area.
Commented on May 10, 2013
can you get your current neighbor to deed you this bit of land
Love my backyard, but after a rainstorm it turns into a lake! I've decided to completely get rid of the grass and transform it into a beautiful, peaceful flower garden retreat. I will not
only be adding soil to the low spots which will help redirect the water, but I will create a beautiful space where I would much rather spend my time with the flowers and plants than cutting the grass :) Huge undertaking, but I am psyched up for it!
So far, I have used some "lasagna gardening" techniques- covered all of the grass (and weeds!) with newspaper, cardboard or paper yard refuse bags. Second step, top that with garden soil mix. I am waiting until I'm sure there are no more frost advisories before I start to plant my flowers and vines. I've started collecting the seedlings I'm going to plant as well as growing some from seeds. (I've got an ENTIRE back yard to fill with flowers!!!) I've been planning my secret garden layout and I can't wait until I can actually start planting my flowers! Wish me luck!
Commented on May 09, 2013
We moved into a house with a wasteland backyard and have just a bit of yard now that the major
overhaul is done. Good luck--it is a rewarding job.
Don't feed your dog outside. Double check garbage cans and storage as racoons are wily and
agile--the less there is draw him in to your yard, the less likely he will be to stay. If he is a persistent problem, animal control may help with a live trap. And no fish in ponds...or there will be no fish in ponds.
My neighbor planted zebra grass on the property line several years ago. It has spread to 12" on my property. When it reaches mature height in the summer, it falls over and covers my
flowers and shrubs. I have chopped it down but I would like to get rid of it. I can't use anything that might kill the ground because my flowers would be killed with it. Digging it up is a futile effort because it comes back eventually. Does anyone know how to help me with this situation?
Commented on May 05, 2013
For those of us dealing with the spread in our own yards, our local nursery owner tipped me a
good one. Cut the bottom off of five gallon buckets and bury, leaving only an inch or two exposed. I wanted lily clumps, and this has worked very well. He recommended it for invasive grasses as well.As to using flashing, keep in mind the tin flashing can be very sharp. I am not sure I would bury it in my yard.
I was so disappointed when my husband and I ran out of time the weekend we installed our fence. We were so close to finishing, just needed to build our gate. I was too impatient to wait
for my hubby, so I did what any crazy self-proclaimed do-it-yourselfer would do. I built it myself! It was a large, heavy project, but not too difficult! You can see instructions and more photos at the link below.
Commented on May 02, 2013
The window insert is so secret garden that it hurts...and I WANT it bad!!!
Workers are here taking down some trees in my yard. I feel a lump in my throat as I watch them come down. :-( Most of these trees are Bradford Pears leaning dangerously but a couple are
hardwood. (of course they need to go to for one reason or another) One triple trunk oak in my front yard. It was the first to go. It is amazing how they take these trees down without harming the vegetation around it. I will add more pics as the day goes on.
Commented on Apr 28, 2013
You have such a beautiful front door...and the after shot is far more inviting from the street.