B LANDSCAPING "
by H. 0. Balough
^oday with mass production being extensively used for
the majority of products, including housing, there is little
wonder that builders have neglected one of the house's principle
accessories, landscaping. That landscaping is necessary, is readily
shown by the builders themselves who try to cover its absence by
planting a bush on either side of the walk or in a row along the
front of the house. In later years, if they live, these will
block part of the walk and cover the windows. Since builders are
concerned only with immediate effect, they will choose large,
fast growing plants without any thought of the future. '.That
things must one consider then before landscaping?
Before starting anything one must have reasons. First
let us look at a new house, recently built. What does one sec?
A house and a plot of ground. To unite these two and make them
appear as one there must be a blending which can be accomplished
by the proper combinations of shrubs and trees. If one has
correct design for planting he can obtain increased comfort,
health, and beauty of surroundings as well as increasing tjie
effective usage that can be obtained from the grounds.
The planning of the grounds should take care of the
arrangement of the drives, grading of lawns, and the relations
of trees and buildings. As far as possible, there should be no
mistakes about the main permanent features. The minor features.
such as shrubbery, borders, andflower beds may be changed quite
easily in the coming years but expenses of removal and shifting
prohibit this being done with large trees or heavier groups of
Therefore let us consider a few principles of arrange-
ment. For the average type of house it is desirable to choose a
few accent plants about the front and perhaps sides of the house and
build the foundation upon these. Such accents would usually
come at corners, bay windows, porch pillars, and at entrances.
Emphasis should be produced at these points by the use of large
and conspicuous plants, ones that will draw attention to
themselves, and the spaces ajacent to them may be filled in
with smaller and less conspicuous plants. This does not
necessarily mean that planting should be done completely around
the house, as it would be better to plant too little than too
much. An example of proper arrangement would be atall square
house with the planting at the corners extended to make a gradual
transition between lawn and house.
For best utiization of the home grounds it would be '
well to divide it into areas, public, private, and service. The
public area consists of the lawn and the grond fronting on the
street. Private area takes care of all recreational features
of the yard, including play area, flower gardens, and outdoor
living room. Garage, drying yard, and vega table garden will be
included in the - service area. These areas should have a definite
dividing boundary formed by planting of masses of shrubs or a
row of hedge.
One must be careful to avoid using a large number of
plants for an immediate effect as later years will cause trouble
and embarrasement. Too many accent plants will neutralize the
effect of any since the eye will not be attracted. The wise
thing for the beginner to do is to plan well ahead and in
DeLaMare Co. Inc.
Landscaping the Home Grounds