Formal Backyard Seating Area traditional-landscape

Formal Backyard Seating Area

This small Wauwatosa backyard showcases custom radius stone steps, two ponds and formal statuary. The lush colorful plantings frame the space to create a secluded retreat in the heart of a busy city street.

Design by: Jeff Bogart
Installation by: Breckenridge Landscape Design, Construction & Maintenance, LLC
Photos by: Eric K Weishaar

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April 28, 2013
designhelp4me wrote:
How wide is the last landing step into the lower level grass? - I'd like to do concrete steps off my raised covered patio onto the lawn, but my husband doesn't want to have to trim against a step edge, so he'd like to do a narrow strip of concrete around the bottom, flush with the lawn (so he can mow over it).
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The border at the bottom of the step is appox. 8" wide. That should be plenty of space to run a mower tire over.
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4. Water and mow. Lightly sprinkle the seeded ground several times a day with water to keep the soil moist and cool. For the first eight to 10 days, water two to three times a day for five to 10 minutes using an oscillating sprinkler for even coverage. As the grass seeds germinate, water less often but more deeply (once a day for 15 to 30 minutes). Wait until the new grass is 2 to 3 inches tall before you mow. With seeded lawns, the more frequently you mow, the better your grass seed will fill in. However, it's a commonly accepted rule of thumb to never remove more than one-third of the height of your grass in any one mowing.

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