At a hillside property in Cold Spring, NY, we’ve begun work implementing a comprehensive landscaping plan which includes establishment of hardscaping around the home, construction of a bluestone slab patio and walkway, a mulched perennial garden area, and a native wildflower and grass meadow. Our work is in the process of enmeshing the property with the surrounding forests and wetlands, creating a smooth gradient between the two. The forest transitions to the native trees which dot the perennial hillside garden, and then to the native shrubs surrounding the residence in a planted bed.
Originally the property was a new home surrounded by fill, which aside from being aesthetically and ecologically barren, is highly vulnerable to establishment of weedy and invasive species. Working from this blank slate, the homeowners were looking to create a new landscape, one that would provide habitat for birds and other wildlife, while showcasing their new home. The initial designs were drafted in 2017, and by the spring of 2018 we had hit the ground running.
In the planned perennial garden area we spread 6 to 10” of woodchips over the fill to act as a mulch layer that over time will becoming rich soil ready for native trees and shrubs. Downhill of the home we began the process of creating a native wildflower meadow by removing invasive species and spreading a mix of seeds over the area and covering it with straw for the fall and winter seasons. Come spring, the hillside will be a vibrant native meadow instead of erosion-prone fill. Lastly, the bluestone patio, which was set by our crew after careful regrading, rests below a forested rocky bluff, alongside a ravine filled with native wildflowers.