How we built this garden, from the infrastructure and soil...up.
We identified a diseased tree (alcohol flux of a Liquidambar styraciflua) and removed it. Scott is a Certified Arborist and AvidGreen is a licensed tree company.
Where the tree was removed, and across the front yard, the soil was heavy clay...so we amended to improve soil tilth, fertility, and organic matter.
The house sits below the grade of the street and everything out front drains towards the house. So, we added drainage systems (this is the garage). Very important infrastructure.
Here, in front of the garage, is the new channel drain that feeds into the drainage pipes.
Protection to the foundation and a drainage system that feeds into a sump, from which the water is pumped off the property.
Amending another area of the front yard. Note the upright 'clean outs' of the sub-surface drainage system. In times past, the front yard stayed soaking wet in the winter.
Moving in decorative boulders.
Additional, key infrastructure for the garden: drip irrigation valves and a separate water meter for all landscaping irrigation on the property. Why do you think it's a good idea to have a separate meter for irrigation?
The soil is bermed up, the boulders are in as are the drip lines and new plants.
Finally, the pathway is put in and all is mulched. Ready for the growing season!
A view to the newly planted garden from out on the street.
Early in the growing season, the plants are taking off.
Later in the season, the plants are full and flowering in a progression of species.
This is the same growing season. The plants are large, healthy and gorgeous.
We also designed and built a custom planter box for herbs and ornamental plants that integrated with the existing deck and patio around the pool.
Around the pool we added new plants and vines to enhance the perimeter of the whole back yard, including espaliered fruit trees.