I helped my brother and his family re-do their very small front lawn a few years ago. I lost sleep planning a beautiful little garden filled with low maintenance, high impact plants. It looked awesome. Then they moved.
So they asked me to do it again. Well, at least this means they liked what I did last time! But this time their front yard is huge. Quite a different challenge. They had planned to start a year or so ago but decided to redo the concrete first. Now that's done and this is what things look like to start with:
View from the street:
View from the house:
They want to remove all the grass right away, but they're OK with planting in stages to distribute the cost over a period of time. So, here's what to do first:
- Remove the rest of the grass. For that much grass I'd say it's best to rent a sod cutter.
- Have compost delivered. Figure out how much it will take to spread about 2 inches of compost over the entire yard (need help with the math, dear brother?). Have it delivered, spread it, and turn it in with a fork.
- Fill in the hole in the hedge with a few more cotoneaster bushes. *Sunnyside has some for a discount if you buy more than one.
We'll also have bark mulch delivered but we must have a plan first because we might re-contour the yard a little. Stay tuned...