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Mercer Island make-over

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Our client has a lovely wooded garden on Mercer Island

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But even mother nature needs help sometimes.

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We created a wood chip path for access and visual appeal and mulched the depleted soil with compost.

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The back yard also needed attention.

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The trees appreciate the compost and the client likes having a woodland path to stroll.

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Small Seattle garden makeover

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Our client’s yard needed a makeover.

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A small strolling path and new plants transform the space.

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This was not a pretty view to come home to.

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The wood chip path frames the garden beds.

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The outside needed some curb appeal.

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A tree and evergreen shrubs and ferns make this a  welcoming sight.

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Landscaping with rocks in Seattle gardens

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Creating a dry steam bed is an attractive and practical way of keeping soil from splashing against the house in the rain.

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It is also an effective method for dispersing water pouring from a downspout away from the house foundation.

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Parking strips are often difficult areas for plants to thrive and are likely to become full of weeds.

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A dry stream bed adds a beautiful element to the landscape, helps keep the weeds down and makes it easier for people getting out of cars.

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Puppy friendly garden in Seattle

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Our clients have an active new puppy.

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Low fences around the beds were the solution to keep the puppy out of the garden.

 

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We selected easy care plants and added stepping stones for access. Voila! An attractive solution for everyone to enjoy, just in time for Summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seattle courtyard makeover

The narrow beds in the courtyard made it difficult for large plants to thrive.

The narrow beds in the courtyard made it difficult for large plants to thrive.

Large pots with bamboo and ilex are a sophisticated and practical alternative.

Large pots with bamboo and ilex are a sophisticated and practical alternative.

The pieris had grown too large for its space along the fence.

The pieris had grown too large for its space along the fence.

The pieris now has room and also provides some screening.

We relocated the pieris and now it and the cat are much happier.

Evergreen plants will provide year round interest in this small courtyard.

Evergreen plants in pots will provide year round interest in this small courtyard.

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Spring has sprung in Seattle

Spring and an adorable dog are a welcome site in Seattle.

Spring and an adorable dog are both a welcome sight in Seattle.

Hellebores are bursting into bloom.

Hellebores are bursting into bloom.

Daffodils are easy care plants that return each year to announce the beginning of Spring.

Daffodils are easy care plants that return each year to announce the beginning of Spring.

A sunny Spring day in Seattle beckons you out into the garden.

A sunny Spring day in Seattle beckons you out into the garden.

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No lawn now for this West Seattle Garden

Our design gave our client the beautiful and easy care garden she wanted

Our client wanted an easy care garden that would be attractive all year.

The backyard was mostly lawn.

The backyard was mostly lawn.

Now a gravel path and stepping stones beckon you to walk through.

Now a gravel path and stepping stones beckon you to walk through.

The view towards the house was uninspiring.

The view towards the house was uninspiring.

Now stepping stones and a dry stream bed add visual interest.

Now stepping stones and a dry stream bed add visual interest.

The deck stairs had an awkward landing pad.

The deck stairs had an awkward landing pad.

Dennis created a new graceful landing.

Dennis created a new graceful landing.

 There was more lawn on the other side of the yard and weeds under the deck.

There was more lawn on the other side of the yard and weeds under the deck.

 

 The new path leads through the garden and wood chips keep down weeds under the deck.

The new path leads through the garden and wood chips keep down weeds under the deck.

 The dry stream bed is attractive from the deck or the garden.

The dry stream bed is attractive from the deck or the garden.

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