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