Thursday, November 7, 2013

Roadside Buffer

When we sited the house it was a little disappointing that we wound up being so close to the lane.  If I could have waved my magic wand, I'd have pushed the house about 30 yards farther out on the point.  But the width of the house combined with the steepness of the slope dictated where we are now.

Thankfully it's a quiet dead-end so privacy isn't a huge issue, but nevertheless it's been an adjustment after so many years of being set back from the street.

The plan has always been to use the narrow area between the road as a thick buffer:  evergreens in the back and a smattering of deciduous shrubs, other evergreens and small trees to make a band of natural looking "woodsy" screening.

Without Walter and Matt's help and their excavator, I don't think we'd have gotten far past the initial shrubs.  The ground is so insanely rocky and the plants (especially the 12' tall arborvitae) required some massive holes.  It might have been a one year project instead of one week!

I can take no credit for the hard work in this area,  Walter and Matt did all of the digging and planting and Joe did the mulching while I was working at the kitchen shop.

In this area, we've got Arborvitae, chokecherry, serviceberry, leatherleaf viburnum, Callicarpa, juniper, sweet bay magnolia, witch hazel, and oak leaf hydrangeas.

Just starting….
All finished!

Buffer looking down the driveway before
After planting
Way down at the end of the driveway, you can just see 3 "Dr. Merrell" Magnolia Stellata.  They may be a little iffy down there, but I couldn't resist since they reminded me of my old garden.

A bed of perennials will be added in the spring and it'll be a while before the whole thing is thick enough to be a screen, but I can wait.

Tomorrow:  Photos of the front yard!


  1. That landscaping should really look great once everything has grown next year, Grace. And hiding the ride with trees and plants was a wonderful plan.

  2. i hope they all do well and grow FAST!

  3. I won't recognize your driveway! Looks great.

  4. This is wonderful! I can only imagine how satisfying it is to step back and look at your plan in place on the ground ... and it will only get better as the years go by.


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