Blog Cabin 2010: Front Yard Pictures

The Desperate Landscapes crew transformed the front yard of Blog Cabin 2010 into an inviting entrance with the addition of Kentucky bluegrass sod and landscaping that incorporates easy-grow shrubs and flowering plants.

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Photo By: Jackson Riley Parker

Kentucky bluegrass sod creates a carpet of green in the front yard, where new shrubs and trees are gracefully blended with the home's original landscaping features.

Paneled red cedar shutters pop against 1 x 10 cedar siding, stained in a muted shade of sage. The shutter style and paint color were chosen by online voters.

Wrought-iron S-style shutter dogs and antique-style pull rings add a classic touch and a sense of permanence to the home's exterior.

Rather than classic log facing or board and batten siding, online voters chose cedar shake siding to clad Blog Cabin 2010.

Limelight ® Hydrangea bushes dot the front yard landscape. Their classic beauty and nearly 6- to 10-inch flowering heads serve as a casual foil to cedar shake shingles and siding. The drought-tolerant varietal holds its blooms through the fall when petals turn a deep pink.

Landscape beds just outside the garage are planted with Chastetree, a shrub that produces lilac-colored flowers, and Witch Hazel, a shrub that produces forsythia-like blooms in early spring.

Beds of black-eyed Susans sparkle in the sunshine. In groupings near the front porch and garage, they infuse the front yard with jolts of vibrant primary color.

A hand-excavated gravel drive leads to the home's basement level, where new garage and side entrance doors and a stone foundation lend cottage style to the vacation getaway. Tapered landscape beds, topped with natural cedar mulch, are planted with River Birch, Variegated Red Twig Dogwood and Limelight® Hydrangea.

Container gardens that flank the front door are filled with ornamental grasses and pink mandevilla, a vining plant that provides color while shrubs and flowering plants mature. The vine, which winters indoors, can be brought back outside in the spring.

A horizontal wood fence, chosen by online voters, runs the length of the front yard. It creates a charming entrance and mirrors the look of fencing across the street.

To construct the gravel drive, the Desperate Landscapes crew first outlined the shape of the drive with spray paint. Existing turf was removed with a sod cutter and the driveaway bed, several inches deep, was established with an excavator. Lastly, the bed was filled with dust-free crushed gravel and compacted with a vibrating roller.

A weeping willow tree, suffering from years of neglect, was pruned by the Desperate Landscapes crew. Its exposed roots, covered with moss, inject the front yard landscape with a sense of history and permanence.

Natural cedar mulch was used to build up landscape beds that surround mature trees in the front yard.

Blog Cabin 2010 is surrounded by farmland and pastoral views. Across the street from the home, the Rolling Stone Ranch, a horse farm that offers sales, boarding and lessons, sits on 20 acres of land.

The mailbox, encased in stone masonry, sits at the entrance to the circular drive at 349 Happy Avenue. The mailbox style, chosen by online voters, complements other stone facing on the property.

Blog Cabin 2010 is surrounded by pasture land and wooded areas on three sides.

A cluster of mature river birch trees creates a warm welcome at the property's entrance. When possible, original landscape elements were maintained.

A weathered ranch sign, original to the home, and vintage farm equipment stand in for traditional lawn ornaments in the front yard. They tell a story about the home's history.

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