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I'm having fun helping a new neighbour think about changes they might want to make to the garden at the house they bought nearby late this past summer. I've been using the Dynascape software from the course I took this past winter to play around with the space.
The house was originally built in 1960 and they bought from the original owner! The lots is ~75'x150'. There are mature trees - particularly white pines in the front and on the north side (those ones belong to the neighbour to the north.) There is also a mature ash and Norway maple. There are some great-looking rhododendrons along the south side (I'm jealous!) and lots of Rose of Sharon standards (it looks like they were seedlings that the lady couldn't bear to get rid of - a lot of them need to be eliminated...) There are also a number of small trees that I'm not sure what they are because they were leafless when I saw them. We'll have to wait until spring to identify them. The trees on the plan are a mix of existing ones and ones that would be added. Some of the trees and shrubs are identified on the plan but many are not because at this point I'm just looking at the shape and uses of spaces and the 'feel' of the space.
The new owers have two young boys (4 &6 years old) so they want play space for soccer and running-around room. The boys loved running along/exploring the paths in my garden and they'd like something like that in their garden. There is a small 'forest' behind them but a fairly large grassy area immediately behind the back fence, with one large tree off to the side..
They hope to remain in the house for many years - at least 10 or more. In 5-10 years they hope to do an addition on the back. Since anything immediately behind the house would be destroyed in a renovation/addition, they don't want to do anything in that area that would be too costly now and/or difficult or costly to remove later.
Currently there is only a narrow single car driveway, which they'd like to enlarge. The sideyards on both sides are graded for drainage so they can't expand the driveway outward on the north side.
They'd like to have edible things (esp. raspberries and blackberries) but don't intend to have a large vegetable garden - just stuff for the kids to enjoy. She also has a yen for a birch with a white trunk as she's seen a number of nice ones in this area and would like one too.
I'm not sure if this file will be very easy to read here but this is my first attempt to come up with a plan that they could work towards over a number of years. Any feedback would be useful BTW - this is a no-charge 'you get what you pay for' :-) thing so she's not expecting a professional job. She likes my garden and would like whatever help I can give her. The winter is boring season so this is a fun project for me.