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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 



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