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Old 08-06-02, 01:38 PM
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What could I do?

I'm just buying my first house and have a nice but strange sized lot. The lot is only 36' wide, but it is 402' long and ends in a creek. What would you recommend or invision for this yard that needs some TLC?

(Back to the creek)




As you can see there are a lot of mature trees, I want something interesting and functional for when I have people over.

This is the opposite view of the yard, from the side of the garage looking back towards the creek (I know it needs paint/new windows )




Any recomendations or ideas?
 
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Old 08-06-02, 02:14 PM
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I think a good sized gazebo would fit nicely in the big grassy area between the building and the white pole. And maybe a bordered walkway meandering back to the creek?
 
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Old 08-07-02, 06:07 AM
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Good suggestion. The building is the back of a 40' long detached garage. The pole I believe used to be a volleyball net as the neighbors have one in their yard. It will be coming out and I will clean up the weeds around it when I get possession. Also barely visible to the right of the pole is an old brick grill I want to restore.

A better picture:






It needs a little help

The Gazebo is a good idea, but I may want to preserve the open aspect of the yard for my son to play baseball, etc. I like the idea of a bordered walkway...
 
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Old 08-07-02, 02:42 PM
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Hi BKent,

Congratulations on your new home. What a wonderful yard you have! I would suggest that given the length, think of different 'rooms' for different uses. The first 'room' could be the one with the open space and the grill. It could have a combined use of a play and entertaining area. To add some interest, you might want to consider a trellis attached to the back of the garage next to the window and maybe even a window box under the window. A curved flower bed along that side of the garage would be nice.

I like The Tow Guys suggestion of a bordered walkway to the creek. It should have curves and would give the idea of a destination. Maybe a seating area at the creek.

I don't know your zone or state, but I would suggest native shrubs to enclose your 'rooms'. They would offer berries for birds (extra interest in winter) and food for butterflies in spring. Native ground covers would also be nice and many have berries as well. Go for things that clump if you are a novice gardener. You'll find that native plants are more disease resistant and easier to care for.

Hope this helps.
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Old 08-08-02, 12:32 PM
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Thanks Newt! The neighbors are in the process of building a stone step to stone "walkway/patio" along the river...


 
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Old 08-08-02, 12:34 PM
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And I live in Central Ohio.
 
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