Dunedin

Beautifying a corner

Beautifying a corner

Utilities box

The stone wall was extended to include the corner of the yard where the utility box was located. Large perennials planted in front of the box helped to camouflage it and draw the eye away from it.

Stone walls and perennials

Stone walls and perennials

Back garden

Previously only a series of crepe myrtles planted at intervals in front of the wall, we expanded the available planting area to include a wide variety of perennials and flowering shrubs, bordered by a low, dry stacked, stone wall.

Stone wall and perennials

Stone wall and perennials

Back garden

One end of a long narrow perennial and flowering shrub garden with a stone wall border.

View from the porch

View from the porch

Back yard

The previous view was of a brick wall with a couple of crepe myrtles. Now it is a riot of color and interest.

North Davidson perennial bed

North Davidson perennial bed

Sidewalk garden

This house had no gutters, so the water falling off the roof line kept washing away mulch and soil from around the plant roots. The creek stone solves that problem and does so beautifully.

Kannapolis poolside

Stone steps down the hill

Steps were created and stablized with base stone (ABC gravel), screenings were used to level the stone pieces, and metal edging prevents the steps from spreading apart over time with use.

Stone steps down the hill

To soften and "pad" the steps, mazus (a mixture of both white and blue) was planted between the flagstone pieces. (April, 2016)

Stone steps down the hill

In just a few months, the plants have spread to cover the edges of the stone, while allowing to see where the steps are.

Poolside vegetable garden

Poolside vegetable garden

Mid-project - raised beds

Poolside vegetable garden

Poolside vegetable garden

raised beds

A new pool was installed and the fill dirt around it was a steep grade. To provide both screening plantings by the pool and a large vegetable garden, 6x6 were secured to create raised beds on the south facing side of the pool. The area was tilled and filled with good soil.

Poolside vegetable garden

Poolside vegetable garden

Raised beds

Timbers were placed to close the end of the beds and prevent the soil from washing down the slope.

Poolside vegetable garden

Poolside vegetable garden

Mid-summer

Dilworth path and patio

Patio layout

Patio layout

Mid-project

Initial layout of flagstone for patio

Pathway to patio

Pathway to patio

Mid-project

Laying out flagstones

Path to shed

Path to shed

Mid-project

Initial flagstone layout

Path to deck

Path to deck

Mid-project

Initial flagstone layout.

Path to deck

Path to deck

Finished

Flagstone has been leveled and stablilized, brown pea gravel has been used around each stepping stone and plants have been installed between the stones themselves. Metal edging has been use to maintain the edge with the grass and rose bed on either side.

Concord terrace garden

Front wall

Front wall

Road frontage

This wall was 70 years or so old and was falling down all on its own. Made of a single thickness of brick with some rebar at the corners, the weight of the soil behind it was pushing it over.

Front wall

Front wall

Foundation

The brick wall was removed and a foundation for the front wall dug to provide a stable base.

Front wall

Front wall

Terraced walls

Two walls were built with gravel and drainage pipe to carry away excess water. Conduit was also run out to the wall so that lighting and irrigation could be installed at a later date.

Front wall

Front wall

Terraced garden

When the walls were completed, soil amendments were added and the areas tilled.

Front wall garden

Front wall garden

Garden plantings

For ease of care, the area was planted with ornamental grasses, junipers, and creeping phlox.

Washington, DC

Garden for retirement

Garden for retirement

Front garden

When my parents retired, my gift to them was a design and installation of a garden across the front of their home. The low stone wall gives a neat edge at the front of a largely perennial garden. Ornamental grasses provide the illusion of a hedge without blocking the view of the house itself. Low maintenance and low water needs complete the ease of care.

Front sidewalk

This sidewalk was installed in 1926 when the house was built and over time, the flagstone pieces have settled in a very uneven manner, making for a walkway that could be dangerous, especially in wet or icy weather.

Front sidewalk

Each stone was lifted, cleaned, and relaid in a bed of stone fines, which were also swept in around them.

Front stoop

Water was pooling beside the front steps and the step had sunk half of its depth in to the soil.

Front stoop

The height of the top step often caused difficulty for older individuals to climb, sometimes causing a tripping hazard.

Front stoop

The sidewalk level flagstones were leveled and reset, and the step was lifted and reset to provide a safer and easier ascent and descent of the steps.

Concord drainage and patio

Instead of gutters

Instead of gutters

Step one

This homeowner hated the idea of putting gutters on the home and they had a large roof. Most of the roof water dumped into the same area, so we place a large catch basin attached to a series of dry wells designed to contain the water and route it away from the home. In addition, this system was built under a larger patio for a new outdoor living area for the family.

Instead of gutters

Instead of gutters

Step two

Using PVC pipe, the catch basin is connected to a series of dry wells. The hole was dug with a 36" auger.

Instead of gutters

Instead of gutters

Step three

Drainage gravel is added to the bottom of the hole

Instead of gutters

Instead of gutters

Step four

The plastic container is placed in the hole on the bed of gravel and the PVC pipe is placed in the access hole.

Instead of gutters

Instead of gutters

Step five

An "exit pipe" is fitted to the other side and the lid is secured.

Instead of gutters

Instead of gutters

Step six

More drainage gravel is installed around and on top of the empty catch barrel.

Instead of gutters

Instead of gutters

Step seven

The barrels can be linked together in a series, depending upon the estimated amount of water to be moved during a 100 year storm. This house had a series of 5 barrels.

Instead of gutters

Instead of gutters

Step eight

Because a patio was going to be built, the area was then covered with stone screenings/fines to provide a base for the flagstone pieces.

Instead of gutters

Instead of gutters

Step eight continued

Screenings have been raked and smoothed to designate the patio area.

Instead of gutters

Instead of gutters

Step nine

Flagstone pieces are placed to cover the patio area, using edging to maintain the profile and channel gutters (in the ground) to help carry away runoff from the patio.

Instead of gutters

Instead of gutters

Final view

The area surrounding the patio was mulched and stepping stones added to provide easier access to the patio from the driveway.

Linda Lake

A front shade garden and water guide

A front shade garden and water guide

Front garden

This house is located at the bottom of a slope and water from the slope and the road at the top ran hard and fast towards the house, washing away grass and anything else in its path. By installing a catch basin, a French drain, and a stacked stone wall, the water has been slowed and diverted, and a usable garden planted to greet visitors.

Kannapolis Hospice

Secret prayer garden

Secret prayer garden

fountain

We helped with an Eagle Scout project to create a peaceful and secluded prayer garden on the grounds of the Kannapolis Hospice Center.

New Build Improvements

Retaining wall

At the end of the front bed, the land drops off sharply and the homeowner was losing a large amount of dirt that was washing down the hill. We installed a two foot retaining wall designed with both beauty and practicality in mind.

Sedgefield spruce-up

Front garden beds

Front garden beds

Before

We were originally called to provide weeding and cleanup for the property. As we walked around, though, it became clear that more was needed and desired. The homeowner built this raised bed using block and placed on the end of the concrete driveway. It was disorganized and needed a bit of variety.

Front garden beds, left of front door

Front garden beds, left of front door

After

We removed most of the plantings. The beds were cleaned, tilled and amended, and the plants were re-installed with more planning. The border walls were rebuilt, and the beds were cleaned and mulched.

Front garden bed, right of front door

Front garden bed, right of front door

After

Again, the plants were removed, the beds cleaned and "reconditioned", then the plants were replaced in an organized fashion. Both beds had some new plants included, with the remaining specimens being replanted elsewhere on the property.

Tega Cay Terracing

Steep foundation bank

Steep foundation bank

Before

In the back of this lakeside house in Tega Cay, this steep bank had simply been covered with weed fabric and left to its own devices. It was beginning to erode, and was an eyesore from the viewpoint of the dock and paths.

Steep foundation bank

Steep foundation bank

Before

It was decided that terraced beds would be installed encompassing the area from the corner of the house to the edge of the deck, and planted with low maintenance plants and mulched.

Steep foundation bank

Steep foundation bank

After

Using 6x6 timbers, the bank was dug and reshaped to provide beds that were attractive and easy to maintain. They were positioned to take advantage of the slope and built in several levels.

Steep foundation bank

Steep foundation bank

After

Another perspective view

Steep foundation bank

Steep foundation bank

After

View from the deck.

Front landscape overhaul

Before

Before

Steep end

Soil washed out at the end of the bed, making it difficult to successfully plant anything at the corner of the house.

After picture, different perspective

After picture, different perspective

A retaining wall was built to facilitate better planting and drainage

A back yard transformed

Before

Before

Before

Before

Before

Before

Before

Before