We recently created an informal sitting area in the margin of woods between a residence, a sloping meadow, and a path through the woods. The residents wanted a place to sit and enjoy the shade in the summer months. Here is a quick photo tour showing how the shady woodland nook fell into place.
The existing wooded area was first cleared of invasive understory shrubs and vines, and a few dead trees were removed.
Once the vegetation was cleared, we needed to create a level sitting area. We re-graded the bumpy spots and added some clean fill.
We constructed a rustic boulder retaining wall on the lower edge of the sitting place.
When the retaining wall was complete, we added good planting soil/compost mix, and raked it smooth. Then we set irregular bluestone in place, keeping the joints far enough apart for mosses and other ground cover to be installed later.
Now the Woodland Nook is ready for some shade loving plants to fill in the blanks. Add a few Adirondack chairs, and it will be a great respite from the summer sun. We’ll add more photographs when the planting is complete!