S.O.S! Ideas for Urban Landscaping

S.O.S! Ideas for Urban Landscaping

Carrie McBride
Mar 16, 2011

Q: About six months ago, my husband and I moved into our first home, a rowhouse with a small fenced-in yard (It measures 20' x 27'). Before the ground froze, we removed three overgrown raised planting beds and tons of broken bricks and stones from the soil. One of our Spring projects will be tilling and leveling the soil and then starting a new family-friendly landscaping project with a clean slate. I need advice about what to do! (continued below…)

Sent by Elizabeth

We have a two-year-old son and a baby on the way. Because we live in an urban area, having an outdoor play area for our children is really important to us, but we need something low-budget and low-maintenance. The previous owner had no luck growing grass, so that is probably not an option. But, there does seem to be enough sunlight to do some light gardening. We'd also like a small area for entertaining, preferably paved with something permeable. Any ideas for affordable and sustainable surface materials?
Websites with design concepts? Cool, cheap, DIY play forts? Photos of your own urban backyard landscaping projects? Thanks!

Editor: Congratulations on your homeownership and a yard! Readers, let's hear some ideas for Elizabeth or, better yet, see them!

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