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.
|Buffer looking down the driveway before|
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!