|Keyhole Garden Beds|
|Steel Planters with Trellis|
Edible Foundations & Backyard Ecosystems-
Landscape design packages incorporating aesthetically pleasing edibles for installation by the homeowner.
As the project plan for a new fire pit and patio area, with a potential planting on the back edge developed, the decision was made to create a patio comprising the whole raised area and a separate raised bed with a mini-orchard and forest garden. Already avid gardeners, they really liked the concept.
For the full summary, more pictures and how it all went together follow this link:
Vegetable Beds & Backyard Refresh-
A former Master Gardener's backyard perennial woodland had become overgrown and hard for the new homeowner to know where to start. She did want some vegetable beds for fresh homegrown produce and, also to connect and open up the disconnected back yard.
An organic patterned vegetable garden was chosen and constructed using upcycled brick edging and mulched pathways.
The large perennial outcropping was removed and grass replaced for one continuous lawn area.
Ground covers were thinned, a stepper path was put in to the compost bins and hammock area. Hardwood mulch was added to all perennial areas and flower beds.
The full summary with more pictures can be found here:
|First bucket of kitchen scraps!|
This composting system was made to compliment a backyard garden in West Des Moines for a family that wanted to reduce their environmental impact and provide a benefit to their garden.
Waveland Backyard Makeover-
A ninety square foot expansion was built onto the existing slab patio using reclaimed flagstone to place a firepit and use for entertaining. A double brick border sectioned off a mulched play area, and existing shrubs and hostas were mulched.
They already had a small vegetable garden, composters and a rain barrel, but were really interested in perennial crops such as raspberries and strawberries. Terraced raised beds were installed on the slope to minimize erosion and allow easy access to the fruit
The full summary and more pictures can be found here:
I built this natural stone retaining wall & tree rings South of Grand Avenue when I was fresh out of college working for Heard Gardens, Ltd.
I built a lot of stone walls that summer for them, as well as other styles of retaining walls, flagstone and brick patios, tree plantings and perennial flower bed installations.
My crew even planted several trees at the Brenton Arboretum in Dallas Center and Meredith's green space at the West end of Grand & Locust Avenues in downtown Des Moines.
Large amounts of water flowed down the hill behind this Urbandale home during heavy rains. This runoff caused flooding in the basement and the homeowner needed a solution. The dry streambed was suggested as the perfect mix of practicality and aesthetics.
A channel was dug that moved the water to the side of her home where it continued harmlessly down the hill. River rock was used to fill the channel, giving it a natural look and resistance to erosion. Larger boulders and ornamental grasses provided visual interest.
More Project Summaries Coming!
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