Each of the posts in this series has showcased sections of our yard and what we've done in each section including before and after photos.
Part 3: Removing Stone Mulch
Part 4: Removing Invasive Species and Smothering Grass
Part 5: Smothering More Grass and Planting Woodland Natives
Part 6: Planting Natives on a Steep Hillside
Part 7: Planting the Hillside
Part 8: Removing More Stone Mulch and Planting Prairie Plugs
Part 9: Working with Damaged Soil
Part 10: Acquiring a Grant
Part 11: The Other Half of the Grant Area
Part 12 is our backyard from the fenceline inwards to the lawn. The entire backyard (and the majority of the whole lot) was lawn when we bought our house in the fall of 2004. Our backyard is situated on top of a gravel esker overlooking a wetland area. It slopes steeply beyond the fence downwards to the property edge. This area is about 25 feet deep and 50 feet across.
|Before Photo. Early April 2005|
We wanted to reduce the size of the lawn and
enlarge the existing woodland that remained.
|June 2007. Lawn around the shrubs was smothered with paper|
and mulch to redefine the woodland edge. New trees were planted
including Ironwoods, Hackberries and Red Maples (all existing species
in this area).