Arlington Renovation, part deux

When last we met,  the front rain gardens and canopy trees were being discussed, here’s how the back is shaping up:

When the builder left, a small group of Eastern White Pines and a young Scots Pine were remaining from the original site. There were not in any way remarkable trees, and over time the White Pines would have become completely unmanageable as they grew to their gargantuan typical height– 80′-120′ is not uncommon, with trunk girth in excess of 3′. As is typical, these was a thick carpet of old needles smothering any effort at landscaping below and precluding extending the yard in that direction. We took down the pines (recycled), ground out all the stumps, and raked out the pine needles.

backyard plan

The clients wanted to increase usable lawn space while also adding shrub borders. I took into consideration the borders to be installed on the other side of the fence at The Old Lacey House to arrive at this design. The anchoring corner tree is a Japanese Maple which was incorrectly sited originally in one of the front raised beds.

As the plan was installed the clients opted for shortening the long bed in favor of more play space for their growing family.

rear yard corner garden

All in all we added about 250 sq. ft. of turf and 3 new shrub borders. A to-do list and planting materials list:

  • Groom ground where tree removal took place, lay sod (approximately 150 sq. ft.)
  • Cut new mulched beds along property lines as per drawing (reuse cut sod on yard where possible). Spaded edge
  • Amend planting beds with 2″ good quality compost
  • Plant in as per drawing
  • Top dress with double shredded hardwood or pinestraw
  • Lay large Pennsylvania steppers as per drawing

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’, Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’, Thuja occidentalis ‘Degroot’s Spire’, Fothergilla Mt. Airy, Taxus x media ‘Hicksii’, Magnolia virginiana ‘Dodd’s Small Leaf Form’, Iberis sempervirens ‘Purity’, Galium odoratum