Don t be fooled by this stone walkway s charming weathered look; it s actually a recent addition to a once-neglected Fair Lawn backyard. When we started, there was just a steep slope going into a lawn that was overgrown with brush and ivy, says Mike Kukol of Horizon Landscape & Irrigation Company in Wyckoff. And with no clear path through the overgrowth, the only usable land was a 5-foot-wide swath at the top of the hill.
After sprucing up the yard with lush green grass, Kukol added the steps, made of natural quarried stone from Pennsylvania, to make it easy to walk down the hill. An adjacent garden area featuring two natural rock walls spanning more than 50 feet serves to further beautify the area.
The garden also contains rhododendron, astilbe,
heuchera, columbines and itea plants that thrive in the shade. When planting around a walkway, it s important to consider sun exposure, says Kukol. Working with a sunnier spot Kukol recommends planting ajuga, juniper, dianthus and black-eyed Susans.
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