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July 27, 2015

Curb Appeal Entry #05: Hidden Garden Oasis – Christopher Sullivan, Portland ME

Project Description:

 *   Removed old patio

 *   Created new shrub beds

 *   Recycled old pavers from patio to create walkway.

 *   Planted shrubs and perennials

 *   Installed (with 5 friends for lifting the stones) natural stone steps and stone retaining wall

 *   planted grass

Curb Appeal Entry #05: Hidden Garden Oasis – Christopher Sullivan, Portland ME [BEFORE]

Curb Appeal Entry #05: Hidden Garden Oasis – Christopher Sullivan, Portland ME [BEFORE]

Curb Appeal Entry #05: Hidden Garden Oasis – Christopher Sullivan, Portland ME [DURING]

IMPACT:

We bought the property in the winter of 2014. After the snow melted,  I waited expectantly to see what plants would emerge.  To my dismay, the only plants that  came up were Japanese knotweed.  This spring I decided to turn this under utilized dirt patch into something spectacular.  After a lot of trips to the local green house and some help from my friends I was able to create a hidden guardian oasis for us to enjoy on these beautiful summer days.

I am most proud of the steps.  When the stones arrived they were much bigger than I remembered them being in the stone yard.  Fortunately for me, I have a few friends willing to work for beer. Using straps and pry bars we were able to inch them into place. The steps bring a nice rustic feel to this city garden.  (The also had the added benefit of stopped my gravel driveway from washing into my backyard during rain storms. )

Curb Appeal Entry #05: Hidden Garden Oasis – Christopher Sullivan, Portland ME [AFTER]

Curb Appeal Entry #05: Hidden Garden Oasis – Christopher Sullivan, Portland ME [AFTER]

Curb Appeal Entry #05: Hidden Garden Oasis – Christopher Sullivan, Portland ME [AFTER]

Curb Appeal Entry #05: Hidden Garden Oasis – Christopher Sullivan, Portland ME [AFTER]

Curb Appeal Entry #05: Hidden Garden Oasis – Christopher Sullivan, Portland ME [AFTER]

Curb Appeal Entry #05: Hidden Garden Oasis – Christopher Sullivan, Portland ME [AFTER]

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Christopher Sullivan, Portland Maine Homeowner

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