Clients in Transcona South had a blank, muddy slate to build upon. They wanted to grow vegetables with their kids, and create some border areas for privacy, interest and wildlife. We worked with a larger landscaper to do the final grading and sodding, while we installed the raised beds, rain barrels and perennial beds. The back corners of the yard used lots of shrubs (such as dogwoods and ninebarks) that will grow to fill in the spaces, while the front area uses a variety of beautiful shade-tolerant perennials (ferns, hostas, brunnera, bregenia).
This backyard is a combination of vegetables, herbs and perennials. A rabbit fence was put up for the veggie area, along with an arbor over the gate. The grass was mostly removed to make space for an array of perennials, many of which are edible.
Our client in St. Vital needed to replace the edging on her border gardens, and grass was a serious issue (although you couldn’t see a lot in the early spring, it was in full force when we returned). We replaced the old pressure treated wood (had to go to the dump) with reclaimed hemlock wood 4″x4″s. (Note that the reclaimed hemlock CAN be planed down smooth to remove some of the rust stains, but this process adds some cost.) In the areas with the most grass (also the sunniest areas) we designed and planted an array of native perennials. Removing the invasive quack grass was difficult, and in order to minimize its return, we used cardboard and mulch around the plants.
This small backyard had a newly replaced garage, and so it was a good reason to begin a makeover starting by replacing the raised beds too. We removed the old beds and used reclaimed fir beams (3.5″x5.5″, planed) to create beds that will last a long while.
Note the markings on the fir beams come from the way train companies store/transport their rails/axles (these beams were just dunnage to them!). Many of the markings and rust stains come off during the planing process, but some are too deep to remove completely.