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Mid Century Modern Landscaping

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:32 AM
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by Baz Mcm ( last modified Nov 17, 2011



DIY Lessons in Mod-Scaping.

Winter is upon us. As the cold sets in, I thought it'd be a good time to show you what's kept me busy all summer.

This post comes complete with a crash course in DIY-ing yourself a rockin' modern landscape.

It starts like this...

Get a hefty collection of vintage modern landscaping books. Get inspired.

Draw up a plan. Crudely. Not to scale.

Get some rope. Play with layouts until your mod-loving heart is content.

Channel the graffiti artist in you with some turf-marking spray paint.

Trace your rope line with paint.

Borrow a trench spade. Dig a trench.

Trench will serve as a "moat" to prevent gravel from washing away. This is much more attractive than raised edging, and you can mow right across it. Promise.

Rest for a day. Then lay landscaping cloth for weed prevention.

Drop in some accent plantings.

Arrange more rope. Graffiti more lawn. Dig more trench. Lay a lot more landscaping cloth.

Have 16 tons of limestone driveway gravel dropped at your doorstep. This whole load was less than $300 including delivery.

Stand atop the mound of gravel and crown yourself King of the mound.

Invite a few unsuspecting friends over with the promise of beer and some "light" work. Apologise to your friends for using the word "light" once they get there.

Load a wheel barrow more times than you can count. Then sing this song.

Using a garden rake, carefully even the gravel out to a delicate state of perfection.

Cheerfully "bonsai" your bushes (not a euphemism).

Decorate the details.

Stand back and revel.

Install landscape lighting before you go to bed.

Sleep for a month.

The. End.



P.S. If you're diggin' on the house numbers, you can read about that project here.




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