landscape project in Mt. Airy, MD (pics inside)
Hi fellow Gardenwebbers from Texas:). I am assisting a friend in redoing her front yard in Mt. Airy. As an amateur, I have designed and installed quite a few gardens in Zone 9 Houston, but Maryland is new territory for me. I would like to call on my fellow enthusiasts to assist in making this transformation the best it can be by helping me select the best plants, answer my (seemingly) basic questions, etc. As a thank you, I will post pics regularly as we progress so that future members may learn a thing or two.
I have a number of pictures, both current and proposed, to share in the attached link. The proposed are strictly conceptual so that she can visualize what is in my head. once she approves, and measurements are taken, I will sketch out a plan on paper. You are welcome to critique anything you see (don't worry, my skin is thick!).
-Relatively low maintenance
-More formal than casual. I would prefer something a little less structured, but this is what she likes and what fits into the neighborhood, so I gave in ;)
-No sprinkler system present, but I plan soaker hoses to go under the mulch in the beds.
-House faces NNE, so while the main part of the yard receives sun, the front bed against the house does not receive much.
-What zone is Mt Airy, 6 or 7?
-Where are the best nearby places to buy plants? HD/Lowes? I donÂt want to break her budget.
-Where are the best places (that deliver) to order garden soil and stone for a small retaining wall on the left side?
-What is the best type of mulch to use? In Houston, hardwood mulch is preferred.
-When is the earliest we can safely plant? Here, I plant in late Feb/Early Mar.
-How best to remove grass? In Houston, we use sod removers for our thick St. Augustine, but maybe RoundUp and a shovel is the norm in MD?
In my next post, I will list the style of plants I am interested in using so that you can respond with specific plants that satisfy our needs.
As an aside: This project is very important to me as this is my oldest friend, recently divorced and now raising my goddaughters on her own. I want to really give the front of the house a boost while not wasting any money. I used to participate regularly in the Texas forum, and now hope to find many friendly faces in the Mid-Atlantic.
Here is a link that might be useful: 'Current' and 'proposed' on my Flickr site, scroll over pics to read notes