How to landscape around my mailbox on a rough gravel road

Cheri Wilburn
by Cheri Wilburn
The mailbox is a quarter of a mile from the house and the ground around it is rough, with weeds and rocks. The ground drops off behind it into a ditch Please help!
  8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 10, 2016
    You can make a raised garden or put potted plants all around.Is there access to water?And I think a photo would help as well to make sure ideas work for you.
  • Glenna Kennedy Glenna Kennedy on Mar 10, 2016
    Build up around it instead of trying to plant in the ground. Find or built a square box type planter with no bottom, fill with styrofoam on the bottom, then soil then plant for different seasons.
    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 10, 2016
      @Glenna Kennedy Any planter you use will need drainage holes. filling the bottom with styrofoam is an incorrect answer if there are no holes in containers.
  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 10, 2016
    talk with personal from a nursery, and plant native wild flowers that suit the conditions you have. much less maintence, and less watering.
  • Annie Medic Annie Medic on Mar 11, 2016
    I agree with @Dfm because it's much easier to plant with what is native and they will thrive in the same conditions that might kill a non-native. Plus they are often disease and problem resistant. You might look at: "Home Landscaping" by Holmes and Buchanan. They make the series specific for your area, like mine is the Northeast including southeast Canada but when we lived in Maryland, the book I had there was the Midatlantic version. Well worth the few bucks for it on amazon used. Lots of ideas there and what you plant will depend on lots of things - water, road salt, available sunlight, your own design ideas, etc.
  • Mayesathome Mayesathome on Mar 11, 2016
    I used the landscape blocks that stack on each other and built it up around mine, added dirt and planted flowers that come back each year.
  • Louise Wilson Lee Louise Wilson Lee on Mar 11, 2016
    Don't invest a lot of money into this project, from my experience it could be all wiped out from first heavy snow from snowplow!
  • Trixi Trixi on Mar 11, 2016
    I had the same situation. Day lilies (native "ditch lilies"), Autumn Joy sedum, Yucca, Daffodils & Iris were planted right into the rocky soil with compost scattered on top. Everything is thriving & spreading. I never water this area but try to put compost on it every spring
  • Mary Mary on Mar 11, 2016
    Please di not plant high flowers at mailbox. Too many of us letter carriers are stung by bees every summer. Thankyou!!