North Arlington ResidenceTraditional Landscape, DC Metro
Sinuous Driveway - Acts as the backbone of the garden. Both the lower and upper garden are bordered by Annabelle Hydrangeas and Zelkovas planted along the asphalt driveway making the driveway recede and emphasizing a garden feel to an otherwise functional space.
Photo credit: ROGER FOLEY
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15. Reseal your asphalt driveway. Sometimes your driveway just needs a new face. In fact, asphalt driveways should be resealed every two years. The cost isn’t bad, between 10 and 25 cents per square foot, and the result can make a huge difference. Full story: See how to reseal your asphalt driveway
Who to hire: This is a project you can likely take on yourself. But if you do decide to go with a pro, make sure you choose someone who’s licensed and insured, and for whom there are no complaints registered with the Better Business Bureau. The professional you choose should also give you a written estimate and should never ask for cash up front.Steer clear of anyone who knocks on your door offering to do your driveway for a rock-bottom price because they have some extra SealCoat. It might be a scam.Best time to reseal your driveway: Spring through fall is the best time in most parts of the U.S. You’ll need to pick a time when it’s warm enough for the sealer to set — typically a period where temperatures won’t dip below 60 degrees for 24 hours before and after the sealer is applied — and when no rain is in the forecast for that same period.
Solution B: Establish a rhythm with regularly spaced trees on either side of the driveway, interplanted with a modest-height hedge.This glorious mass planting of white Annabelle hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle') sweeps out of sight, enticing visitors to see where it leads. Although one can still see over these shrubs, there is a sense of mystery since the ground plane is not immediately visible on the other side. Zelkova trees flank the driveway and set up a pleasing rhythm while adding height to what otherwise might become a monotonous design. Both the trees and shrubs add structure to the garden in winter as well.This elegant garden lends itself perfectly to classic architecture such as colonial or Cape Cod styles. Yet its elegant monochromatic scheme would work well for an approach to any traditional-style home.
Fix the driveway. Maybe you've been putting off having your driveway repaired or redone. Early fall, when's it's cooling off but not yet cold, is the best time to schedule this kind of project. My own driveway project is scheduled to start in two weeks.Tell me: What home projects are you planning now that the kids are back in school?More: Quick Home Fixes That Make You Feel GreatUse Houzz to Create Your To-Do List