Eddie Fickett House, Reseda, CA – Landscape
This was our first home. a 1950s simple ranch house in Reseda, CA we bought in 1992. We didn’t take digital photos back in those days. I think I have some good old fashioned analog pictures I will have to dig up and scan eventually. For now, here are some scans and plans.
The old elm tree on the left had broken through the original clay sewer pipe, sooooo…. we had to cut the tree down, dig a 10 foot deep hole in the front yard to lay in new sewer AND rethink the whole front yard! The plan included 2 new trees (multi-turnk Chinese tallow tree and an apple tree to the right), little planters along the front, split rail fence and brick path. We recently drove by the home recently and the tallow tree is gorgeous – providing beautiful shade for the west facing house. And the apple tree was fully fruiting! The split rail fence had been removed, but the roses we planted along it – were still there and blooming. Proud to say that we designed a landscape that matured beautifully!!!
Back and Side Yards
The front side yard had a full sized mature and fruit bearing very shady avocado tree! So we took advantage of this by creating a nice little path that would clear the way for harvest season.
The back side yard also had a large shady tree. This area was converted to a shade fern grotto complete with gravel pathway leading to a tinkling fountain.
After the earthquake, every single block wall was knocked to the ground flat. So there was no privacy or security for the pool for almost a year. After the walls were finally repaired, we elected to plant a eugenia hedge around the back yard perimeter – literally ‘hedging our bet’ against any further earthquake infringing on our privacy!