Reader Remodel Contest | Yard and Garden | Sample Entry: Terry and Steve M.
St. Louis, MO
Best Yard Remodel 2014 | Who: Terry and Steve Metzler | Where: St. Louis, MO | What they did: Transformed their "average suburban backyard" into a bubbling wonderland. | Her story: Back in 1990, when Steve and I saw the backyard of the house we'd just bought, my first thought was: Dustbowl on a hill. It was a steep, barren slope that funneled water straight toward the foundation, which was either a nightmare or, we decided, a perfect landscaping opportunity. We planted trees to stabilize the hill and installed a modest 600-gallon pond near the back door, and were quite pleased with it all.
After | The Metzlers split the stream just as it starts to run, creating a lush island bed with a station clock as its focal point. They found several large, flat stones mixed in with a pallet of river rock and used them as bridges.
Before | The half-acre lot started out as mostly lawn.
Waterfall Placement | A clever placement of stones and plants at the top of the hill creates the illusion that the waterfall is fed by a natural stream.
Mix of Sun and Shade | The Metzlers' Zone 5 backyard is a mix of sun and shade. These conditions allow Terry to indulge her passion for shade dwellers such as coral bells, hydrangeas, and ferns, as well as ornamental grasses and sun-loving shrub rose...
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