|Dry play yard, decorative and functional stream
with a woodland adventure area behind
Wet + Shade + High Traffic
These things never lend themselves to a healthy lawn... A lawn is definitely something the homeowners wanted out of this project for their kids' soccer and football games. But in addition to the lawn, they wanted a space for creative play, keeping or expanding the existing vegetable gardens, increasing the numbers of edible berries and plants, all while doing it in a natural and earth-friendly sort of way.
|Heavy shade, traffic and excessive moisture
make turf grass struggle to thrive
|Garden space, with bland spirea along the house
|I love using the stump bucket to remove honeysuckle!
|Tripod sprinklers kept the newly installed plants and sod
hydrated during the long, hot and dry peak of summer.
|Stream installed, fescue sod going in for the final touch
|A rain garden captures the runoff and sinks it into the ground
instead of flooding the neighbors and storm sewer system
|Shade tolerant access path planting
In addition, the front planting island around the flagpole was overgrown with a massive burning bush (also invasive), volunteer mulberries and plastic edging that had seen better days (no before picture). Tumbled granite added an updated and durable edge to this bed. All of the existing vegetation was removed and replaced with Midwest native plants, like an Aronia bush and New Jersey Tea tree. Butterfly milkweed, rudbeckia and echinacea were among the flowering forbs, with switchgrass for height and textural contrast in the center and fronted by lower growing clumps of prairie dropseed.
The shade on this project was very welcome during this summer's heat!