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Old 05-20-2013, 03:15 PM   #1
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Ok we are currently working on upgrading our landscapping and have come to this ugly walkway that leads to the front door.

Our plan is to do the following.

1) Put 4x8 pavers on each side of the walkway creating the appearance of a wider walkway(still unsure of how to set them)
2) On each side of the new walkway make long mulch beds with an easy to maintain shrub or maybe hosta or flowerign shrub
3)At the curb make big rounded beds including a new mailbox

Anyone have any other suggestions to make a nicer approach to the home
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:24 PM   #2
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Does anyone use that long concrete path to your front door?
Would you consider ripping it out and making a path from the
driveway to the front door. I was thinking a curvy path, coming down
fifteen to twenty feet off the driveway.

This would enable you to plant
a Rock garden type bed in back of the path to the house.
Also the mailbox would have to be moved to the end of the driveway.

If you're open to the idea, try sketching it up.

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Does anyone use that long concrete path to your front door?
Would you consider ripping it out and making a path from the
driveway to the front door. I was thinking a curvy path, coming down
fifteen to twenty feet off the driveway.

This would enable you to plant
a Rock garden type bed in back of the path to the house.
Also the mailbox would have to be moved to the end of the driveway.

If you're open to the idea, try sketching it up.
there is a path already coming from the driveway to the front door
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this picture is standing before the front door and the walkway and new landscaping leading from the driveway
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Oh ok, We had the same type of set up, (only in asphalt)
My question still stands, do you need that long walkway?

You could still make another pathway coming off
the driveway, thus creating an Island for more planting.

I love your Japanese maple, we have one in our front bed as well.
If you're open to this idea...I can show you a pic of what I mean.
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Oh ok, We had the same type of set up, (only in asphalt)
My question still stands, do you need that long walkway?

You could still make another pathway coming off
the driveway, thus creating an Island for more planting.

I love your Japanese maple, we have one in our front bed as well.
If you're open to this idea...I can show you a pic of what I mean.
I am open to all ideas and would love to see what you did

Thank you!

We are in the gameplanning stage right now
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I'm glad you posted that second pic. We also have the same straight
path from the garage to the front stoop. When we did our driveway,
I layed out the 'new' path with garden hoses to get a look see -- at what I wanted.
Our path from the garage to the house is not as long as yours.
I think that I would end the 'new' path somewhere by your Front
window instead of going all the way to the front door.

We mostly use the path in front of the house
(like yours) after we get out of our cars...
The curvey path is for guests walking up to our house. (we don't
have a front path like you do.)

Keep in mind this new path will create an Island...and it's a great place
to landscape.
It's just an idea for you.

I'll go look for the pic.
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I vote getting rid of that path too....sorry, that is some sad looking concrete.

Instead, I would take those pavers and put them next to the driveway to maybe give you an 'implied' path there....and I think you will be glad for the extra width of driveway.

So...after you yank out that ugly path....rent a tiller and go to work on the yard....and get rid of that ugly grass.
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Our front is just landscaped with evergreens and vina vine and hostas.
No flowers to speak of...The back yard has all the flowers.
The beds are filled in with hosta, vinca vine and English Ivy, thus it's
weed free.
Other than cutting
the grass the front is maintenance free

You can put in a curved concrete path to match your driveway
and front path. If it's in the budjet, the path can be lined with pavers.

I took this pic from my kitchen window.
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bigredfan, Just my 2 cents.

'curb appeal' shows I've watched always mention that straight walks are too stark and that having a curvey walk is more pleasing to the eye and more inviting. When you do a planting around a mailbox remember that mailmen don't like flowers that attract bees around a mailbox.

I'm guessing you're up north? I think dogwood trees are graceful and aren't too large to overpower a city lot.

Love the Japanese maple. I also like a mixture of colors with small shrubs, dark green to golden colors.

two knots: your yard is beautiful.
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That is gorgeous two cents it really is tempting to do something like that. Then resod the area that was the concrete walk
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That is gorgeous two cents it really is tempting to do something like that. Then resod the area that was the concrete walk
Glad you like the idea. I do drawings of everything we do. If you do a scale
drawing (birds eye view) maybe we can help you with some ideas.

If you do something like creating an Island in back of the curvy path,
and in front of the straight path, it would be
better to have some higher evergreens in the bed along the house and then
in the Island lower evergreens. When we buy the evergreens and perennials
I go for a variety of colors and textures.

All our beds are planted close and tight...with lots of
ground covers...leaving no room for weeds to
grow.

Firstly, what planting zone are you in? what part of the country?

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