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jebfour 10-14-2012 08:33 PM

Ideas Needed for a “Weird” Area in the Backyard.
Few months ago we purchased a 47 year old home. We love the place and I’m enjoying the projects, but there have been several things that have made me scratch my head. This area in the backyard is certainly one of them.

One of the previous owners at some point made a “brick barrier” around the grass area in the backyard (the sprinkler system follows the outside of the brick. I think that the brick “enclosure” is actually pretty good idea, as it allows for tropical plants, trees, etc. to be planted around the perimeter, but on one side they certainly could have went an extra 5-7 feet….

As it is, there is the brick, a big “void area”, and then some fruit trees. Any ideas as to what I could do with this “void area”? The corner shown in the pictures will be covered with flowers, but this one particular area is driving me nuts, as I’m just not coming up with anything…

Help? Ideas? Pics? Anything? Below is what I’m working with…

joecaption 10-14-2012 09:46 PM

Mulch it.
Add a raised veg. garden. That way you do not have to mow around it.

jebfour 10-14-2012 09:49 PM


Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1030919)
Mulch it.
Add a raised veg. garden. That way you do not have to mow around it.

I would, but have a large, gated in area for the garden....thank you for the suggestion though!

Pianolady 10-15-2012 06:41 AM

Plant something there, whether it be a flower bed, ground cover, or grass. You might be able to fit some kind of small shed or storage unit there, but you'd want it decorative in some way, maybe with a potting bench.

user1007 10-17-2012 04:07 PM

If those are fruit bearing trees, you had better get a soil test or at least test for Ph to see where you stand before amending and planting too much.

Depending on what kind of trees they are, you may not want too dense or tall a groundcover or you will end up having trouble picking up dropped fruit.

Given the brewing water battle in California I would definitely think about installing some drip irrigation for whatever you plant. It is good for plants and makes great sense anyhow.

I preach the title often even though I have not lived in California for decades. The Sunset Western Garden Book, still around $20 I think, is a great thing to have with all kinds of growing information and a very extensive reference of plant materials.

And, something like a nice boulder or even a piece of featherock might be nice along that wall. Otherwise look into things like needlepoint ivies, star jasmine (do not overplant or the fragrance might overpower you) and even ornamental strawberry (fruit is quite edible if you have the patience to pick tiny berries) might work. Main thing is to make sure you preserve easy access to the trees all year round.

pwgsx 10-17-2012 05:25 PM

Bench, fire feature area.....

Blondesense 10-18-2012 11:48 AM


Originally Posted by pwgsx (Post 1032844)
Bench, fire feature area.....

I was thinking along the same lines. Maybe a bench or two for extra seating (along with a ground cover)..

user1007 10-18-2012 12:18 PM

I think adding features like a nice bench or fire feature of some kind could be nice. My concern remains that I read the post to say those are fruit trees. I cannot tell from the photos what kind but if something pitted like cherries, peaches, plums, they can make quite a mess when fruit ripens all at once. And of course, fruit trees draw birds and droppings. Just something to plan for in choosing a bench material I guess.

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