For our first landscape project of the year, we were thrilled to work with new clients to renovate their entire yard. When we first met with our clients, the landscape was half-dead grass, weeds and rocks. There were no trees or shrubs to soften the landscape or the fence surrounding the back yard. The house had been repossessed and needed a “tough love” restoration for the yard. The homeowners wanted a landscape that was cohesive to the house design and fit into the neighborhood. With our design, we created a landscape that met their criteria and was also a lower-maintenance landscape for the millennial occupant.
Annihilation of the existing sod and weeds was the first step. Our mini excavator made quick work of this task. The debris were sent out to be recycled. During excavation, we discovered several large boulders buried just below the surface which prevented plants from being installed. Rather than removing the rocks from the site, we opted to incorporate them into the landscape by creating retaining walls for planting beds.
Prior to beginning the work, the back yard looked like a 1950’s used mattress with a sway back and the front yard had a steep angle to it. To make the back and front yards more user friendly, we added 21 yards of fill dirt. To give the new sod a happy place to grow, we amended the dirt with compost, rototilled the compost into the dirt and fertilized. Too often, we remove sod that has died as previous landscape installers did not prep the ground prior to installation. Compacted dirt and lack of nutrients contributes to the sod’s demise.
For the new lawn and plants, we installed a water efficient irrigation system. Utilizing Rain Bird’ ESPYME controller, Hunter MP rotor irrigation heads for the lawn, and drip irrigation for the plants, the system will use less water due to runoff and evaporation.
In the front yard, a raised planter was built using Western Interlock Chateau Wall block. Mossy rocks were used to create a flatter area for the new lawn and an area for the Ivory Silk Lilac to be planted.
On the side yards, Aspen rock was used for mulch. On the south side, a path was created using Mutual Materials Vancouver Bay Architectural Slabs.
When the work was complete, it was nice to hear from the homeowners that we had created a yard that was better than they had ever imagined. They are excited that we created an oasis in the back yard for relaxing and entertaining family and friends. This fun project was a great way to begin our landscape season.