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Profile 2 – Reclaiming Lost Ground

Beating back invasives

The ledge in front of this seaside cottage was reclaimed from invasives.

The “before” photos show that the front of this property was a morphed vegetation of bittersweet, honeysuckle, rose, and weeds.  The homeowner wished to reconstruct the original landscape which claimed a ledge area and none of the current plant material which required constant pruning to keep under control and to maintain a neat appearance.

Invasive vegetation had completely overtaken the ledge.

Invasive vegetation had completely overtaken the ledge.

The wild plants looked unkempt and required maintenance.

The wild plants looked unkempt and required maintenance.

After DEP approval, the invasive material was mechanically removed. The ledge area was manually cleaned to remove all soil and weed roots. A planting mix was added to the pockets in the ledge to create planting areas.

The ledge is cleared of the overgrowth.

The ledge is cleared of the overgrowth.

The ledge is exposed and the soil cleared of debris.

The ledge is exposed and the soil cleared of debris.

The homeowner  wished to have a landscape reflecting a natural sense as well as complimented the ledge and house structure which are the predominate landscape architectural elements of this property. In addition, the homeowner desired a grass pathway from the front area to connect to the rear.  The extensive ledge and its associated drop in grade necessitated the use of boulders and stone to simulate an extension of the ledge to adjust the change of grade to build the grass pathway.

Reclaiming an overgrown landscape

The natural beauty of the landscape is revealed.

The stonework was done so it fits naturally with the environment.

The stonework was done so it fits naturally with the environment.