Mt. Airy, Lincoln Drive

Wishing to improve the curb strip, SHD collaborated with the client on the idea of transforming two patchy grass strips into native plant gardens. 


Beginning with the repair of a failed curb area and building on an existing garden bed, the design created two garden beds 20 feet long. After the removal of grass cover and minor soil amendments foundation shrubs were added.


To accommodate foot traffic and minimize maintenance small native shrubs were used. These included: Low bush blueberry, Vaccinium angustifolium; Black Cat Pussywillow, Salix chaenomeloides; St. John’s wort, Hypericum hidcote; and Sweet Fern, Comptonia peregrine.


After planting the beds were lightly mulched and fenced to prevent human and animal intrusions. Small footpaths were included to direct foot traffic. Signage was added to allow educational value to the plantings.

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