D ick Motz - La


Landscaping Projects (1999 to 2008)
While working on the house addition I also did some landscaping. The grounds around the house all seemed to be hills that sloped down at around 45 degrees. There were no flower beds to speak of. Any plants that existed were new and recently planted only to make the house sell. All older shrubs and trees were totally out of control. The neighbor's view across the street and even a block away was blocked by several trees. The north side of the house (view side) had only a very small deck on which to sit and enjoy the view. Hmmmm.....sounds like more projects!!!!
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First thing that had to be done was improving the view......a lot of trimming and cutting had to be done.
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Before and after the trimming
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The small existing deck was replaced with one that covered the entire length of the house. An existing concrete patio had to be torn up.
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After the deck was completed it was time for some color. Flower beds were added as well as flower boxes.
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The hill on the east side of the house dropped off at about 30 degrees and required some landscape stones to hold the soil in place.
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The west side of the house, like the east, had a 30 degree slope and had to be leveled with landscape stones. Flower beds and a fountain are installed.
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The north side was rock wall and the grass wet into the rocks making it hard to cut. A border with small hedge plants was added.
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The area west of the shop had to be leveled and flower beds were installed in the front of the shop.
Major Landscaping Project......"THE WALL"
The front yard presented a major challenge as it was on a slope, had many old tree stumps that had been buried, exposed tree roots, and a very uneven surface that made it difficult for my wife to mow the grass (an arrangement precluding purchase of house). The only design we could come up with involved getting rid of the grass! After a few months deliberation and finishing the house we decided to terrace the entire front yard and plant with flowering shrubs with a only a few flower beds. With the arrival of spring it was time to put shovel to dirt.
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Original views. As you can see there was a lot of space to work with.
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First item on the agenda was to remove a small flower bed at the corner of the garage. Next was to widen and straighten the driveway.

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Footers were poured at both the east and west sides of the driveway for the first course of stones to sit on.

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Landscape stones are now on site and ready to start building walls. Each stone weighs 68 pounds so I limited the quantity I put in place each day
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After several weeks of digging and leveling stones, the first level of the east side is completed.
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Another few weeks and the second level of the east side is complete and a few plants moved to permanent locations
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Many more weeks of digging, lifting, and planting and the west side is done. Remember the weight of the stones? 68 pounds. Oh my aching back!!!
The small flat grassy area at the bottom is a horse shoe court. Had to add a little something that reminded me of home (Ohio)!
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Well, that is about where I am today (4/1/2006) but I am not finished yet. Probably never will be!