Entry CourtyardContemporary Landscape, San Francisco

View into entry courtyard with bosque of pear trees.

Design ideas for a huge contemporary partial sun side yard stone garden path in San Francisco for spring. —  Houzz
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My Boston Realtor Karina wrote:May 6, 2012
  • Anamaria Dobrin

    And how do you make sure no weeds grow underneath the trees?

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    Terra Ferma Landscapes

    Hi Anamaria, to ensure they have the proper space for the roots it is recommended that they are planted 2-3' apart. Depending on the variety and conditions, they should grow to 3'-4' wide.
    Weeds will just have to be maintained on a weekly basis.

Carrara-Marble wrote:Jul 18, 2012
  • Sally
    There are other pears like the Cleveland pear that they could be which are a better tree than the Bradford. The Bradford does have a problem with splitting that other varieties don't.
  • leannereardon
    This is just gorgeous
Grace Heron wrote:Jun 2, 2015
  • tcf2003
    Are these really 2' x 3' ? They look a lot wider than 3'.
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    Terra Ferma Landscapes

    Hi, after double checking with the in-house design and construction team, they have confirmed they were 3' wide. However, they recall them being 18" wide. Thanks for the question.

mrsrjv wrote:Jan 4, 2014
  • elisha312
    This is a beautiful calm looking space. May consider those Thujia for privacy in our new yard.
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    Terra Ferma Landscapes
    Thank you. We love it too.
jeffreyw wrote:Sep 26, 2014
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    Terra Ferma Landscapes
    HI Jeffrey! Thanks for the question. It was 3/8" pea gravel. Hope that helps.
Leslie Baker wrote:Aug 23, 2014
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    Terra Ferma Landscapes
    Hi Leslie,
    Thanks for the question. We used a 'Select Blue' bluestone with a custom bush-hammered finish.
Ben Young Landscape Design wrote:Jul 10, 2014
devory wrote:Jun 15, 2014

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Annie Thornton added this to These Key Pruning Terms Will Help You Shape Up Your GardenFeb 1, 2018

Pruning Terms to KnowLet’s get started with some of the most common terms used when discussing pruning trees and shrubs.Crown. The upper part of the tree, made up of the branches, stems and leaves — also referred to as the “canopy.”Crown cleaning. Pruning away dead or diseased branches and stems. This also includes the removal of any “stubs,” which are the dead base of a branch that wasn’t pruned back to the trunk.Crown raising. Removing lower branches back to the trunk to elevate the crown of a tree or shrub. Crown raising is often done to provide clearance for pedestrians, cars or anything else that might be under the tree.Crown reduction. The removal of a percentage of the outer part of a tree or shrub by pruning back the leaves, stems and branches. This is often done to prevent wind damage or a tree from blowing over.Crown thinning. Involves the removal of select interior branches to improve air flow and reduce the weight of the tree. The overall shape and size of the tree remains the same when this type of pruning is done.

Frank Organ added this to 12 Gardens That Are Pure Visual DelightsJul 18, 2012

Standard trees, this time pear trees, are again used in a modern parterre-style entry courtyard.The indirect route along the pathway to the front entrance gives a wonderful vista through to the wall of golden conifers.

Shawn Gauthier added this to 12 Ways to Cool Your Home Without Air ConditioningJul 16, 2012

5. Plant shade trees. Exercise your green thumb by planting shade trees around the house. Design associate Andrew Spiering, formerly of Terra Ferma Landscapes suggests casting shadows on the southwestern exposure of the home using large deciduous trees, like oaks, sycamores and elms. “Other ideas include increasing humidity around the home using layered planting or reducing hardscape,” he says.

Amy Renea added this to Layer on the Textures for a Lush Garden LookMay 15, 2012

In a more modern setting, shorn evergreens and flowering trees achieve the same effect.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

osobaes2 added this to Ландшафт3 days ago

Пошаговая дорожка на гравии. Стена-кулиса из туй как зонирование участка

Mary Gainford added this to roger_gainford's ideasJul 17, 2019

Love the path, seems concrete and wood are in favour, no the pebbles

rooniknaama added this to Lata+Raghu IdeabookJul 16, 2019

screening and paving with gravel

Garden Mentors added this to Whakamarama Rd 2Jul 14, 2019

If the entrance courtyard is not likely to be used for sitting

Mima Bridgman added this to Garden - IdeasbookJul 12, 2019

Cypress like tress on LHS to hide gaps along fence??

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