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MLayden 05-24-2013 01:51 PM

House Entrance Opinion
 
I have a patch of grass that always fails every spring, and I'm tired of having to get it to start growing again. It's a combo of walking, salt, and shade from one part of the roof.

My idea is to put left over flagstone from a patio project on that corner...my wife thinks it would look out of place, so what do you guys think??

Flagstone Color:
http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m.../phot2123o.jpg

It's the little corner closest to the garage. We have since planted a small tree behind the bush (closer to house) in line with the fence gate:
http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m...untitled-1.png

http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m...untitled-2.png

Thanks!

ddawg16 05-24-2013 02:02 PM

I love the look of flag stones...but they are not without their issues....preventing trip hazards is one of them. AMHIK

May I suggest pavers? Since you don't have an isolated path to your door, maybe consider making one adjacent to your driveway out of pavers. Run it the full length of the drive...that way people have an obvious path to walk up.

user1007 05-24-2013 06:59 PM

I think I would be inclined to put another small picturesque tree there with a groundcover bed underneath it. You could find a nice boulder to anchor that space to go with it also.

Nothing against flagstone but I think it will look like a patch job there.

MLayden 05-25-2013 08:09 PM

I like this idea...will run it past the wife!!

Thanks for the thoughts!

Quote:

Originally Posted by sdsester (Post 1186799)
I think I would be inclined to put another small picturesque tree there with a groundcover bed underneath it. You could find a nice boulder to anchor that space to go with it also.

Nothing against flagstone but I think it will look like a patch job there.


joecaption 05-25-2013 08:19 PM

That's one strange roof line you have there.
No idea why someone would stop the roof right where it's needed most to cover the stairs.

Two Knots 05-26-2013 06:06 AM

Cut a nice curvy bed starting from the corner of your house
to about where you ended it with your black line.
Get a few rock garden evergreen plants (things that stay low and small)
then fill in with perrenial grown covers and some big rocks.

I fancy low growing Japanese maples, that would be lovely in that area as well.

It looks like there is a hose on the end? Put some of your flagstone pavers
in the bed to make a path to the hose.
Lay out the new bed with your garden hose -- to see what shape you like
and how big to make it. (that's is if you like the idea)

Also, I like the placement of the tree you're planning, but the red shrub
should be moved, perhaps in the new bed, but way on the left by the house
so the house is a backdrop for it.

creeper 05-26-2013 07:33 AM

I think a boulder and some plants would look nice also, but you must think about winter, which lets face it, in your area is 8 months of the year. By the time you pile the first three feet of snow, the path leading to the porch will reall start to get narrow and the salt will melt into the gardens and the soil will be useless to grow much. Thats why the grass is giving you trouble in the first place.

I suggest widening the path in a curve shape at the corner and just lasying down some river rock. Looks nice and maintenance free.

Don't shovel off the first dusting. Then the rocks will freeze together and you can shovel subsequent snow and the rocks will stay in place

http://derosiertrucking.com/images/yard1-drain-rock.jpg

Startingover 05-26-2013 07:48 AM

lol, is the dog supervising from the window well :)

MLayden 05-27-2013 10:13 AM

Nothing like adding work for the home owner! Get to shovel the steps in the winter!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1187582)
That's one strange roof line you have there.
No idea why someone would stop the roof right where it's needed most to cover the stairs.


MLayden 05-27-2013 10:15 AM

Another good idea.
Don't want to mess with the red shrub. My wife makes fun of me for my love for it, but its the 1st thing I had planted at the house when it was built, and has been only one of a few things that I've planted and has managed to not die on me...not much of a green thumb!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Two Knots (Post 1187797)
Cut a nice curvy bed starting from the corner of your house
to about where you ended it with your black line.
Get a few rock garden evergreen plants (things that stay low and small)
then fill in with perrenial grown covers and some big rocks.

I fancy low growing Japanese maples, that would be lovely in that area as well.

It looks like there is a hose on the end? Put some of your flagstone pavers
in the bed to make a path to the hose.
Lay out the new bed with your garden hose -- to see what shape you like
and how big to make it. (that's is if you like the idea)

Also, I like the placement of the tree you're planning, but the red shrub
should be moved, perhaps in the new bed, but way on the left by the house
so the house is a backdrop for it.


MLayden 05-27-2013 10:15 AM

Thought someone would catch that!:thumbsup:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Startingover (Post 1187859)
lol, is the dog supervising from the window well :)


mrwoodty 05-27-2013 06:43 PM

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Attachment 71646 we did a curved planter, something similar might solve your problem.

Windows on Wash 05-28-2013 06:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MLayden (Post 1188740)
Thought someone would catch that!:thumbsup:

That was the first thing that I noticed. Cute pup.

Two Knots 05-28-2013 06:50 AM

Great examples Mr. Woody and creeper -- of curved beds.
great grass too...


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