|LARGE HOME SITUATED ON INTERESTING TOPOGRAPHY...|
|...SEED BED PREPARED FOR MEADOW GRASSES AND WILDFLOWERS...|
|...WALK LAID AND NORTH HALF OF PROPERTY SEEDED LAST FALL...|
|...ALL OVERLOOKING LAKE, ISLANDS AND SMALL SAND BEACH|
We have been working for well over a year on the design and installation of a landscape for a lake shore home with interesting architecture and topography, and will hopefully finish it up sometime this summer. We already have planted a native tree and shrub overlook and have installed a brick paver walkway to the steps which lead to the lake and small private beach, and have seeded the north half of the back yard with native meadow grasses and wildflowers.
We currently are preparing the south half of the back yard for seed and covering with excelsior matting, and are readying the rock walls for planting.
The owners prefer a mostly native landscape, except for the wall plants, and an area of low-mow grass around the home. The seed mix is specialized for adaption to dry clay and sandy soils, with little bluestem the predominant grass, and diverse colorful, low-growing prairie and meadow wildflowers. Reduced maintenance is a priority, and the meadow plants will need to be mowed only once a year after establishment, and the low-mow lawn perhaps only three or four times a season. The rock wall plantings will need to be watered as needed.
The seed, obtained from Prairie Nursery of Westfield, Wisconsin, is expensive, at approximately $200 per pound, but is very low maintenance once established.
When completed, this will be a very beautiful and unusual landscape.