Case: Home has been sitting vacant since it was built due to the decline in real estate sales. New owner purchased home in spring of 2011 and wanted to get the home and landscape up to par with the neighborhood. The back yard lacked privacy and the existing plants and sod need to be cared for. The front had a steep slope; several plants that need to be removed; drainage issues, and an irrigation system that did not function properly. The homeowner also wanted easy access from the sidewalk and the front walkway to the terrace level.
Solution: Implement parts of a landscape plan that had been previously drawn and make revisions that were practical for the owner and met HOA guidelines. To correct the excessive slope in the front a terraced wall was built with stone cut segmental wall blocks. Natural stone stair treads were crafted to create a path from the front walkway to a landing leading to the newly finished terrace level. Boulders and new plants were carefully placed to stop erosion and compliment the home. Landscape lighting was installed to add safety and accent the Japanese maples and the house. Several plants were carefully transplanted if they could be utilized elsewhere in the landscape. Trees and shrubs received a much needed pruning and a maintenance program was started. The irrigation system was re-worked and Emerald Zoysia turf finished off the front yard. In the back yard some Leyland cypress and Crytomeria were added for privacy as well as a hedge of fragrant tea olives. The bed lines were defined and new mulch was the finishing touch.