Front Yard Fruiting
September 1, 2011 3:19 PM Subscribe
Have any MeFis turned their front yards into orchards?
posted by seventyfour to home & garden (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've always loved having fruit trees. The backyard of our new house is heavily shaded, and thus not amenable to planting any fruiting trees (though it does have a lovely fig tree). The front yard, however, is very sunny, wide, and, thanks to a brutally hot and dry Central Texas (Austin) summer, the grass (a mix of Bermuda and St Augustine) is all pretty much dead or dying, so it is nearly a blank slate.
I've gotten the idea that I would turn the front yard of our house (the entire yard) into an orchard, with 6-8 trees. I have experience planting and raising fruit trees (mainly citrus) so my concern is more about aesthetics. The house is in a suburban feeling neighborhood, ranch-style houses, without HOA restrictions. While the neighborhood is fairly liberal, the predominant style is still St. Augustine grass lawns, reflecting the 50s-60s era. I'm considering planting 2-3 plum trees [as I think of them as attractive trees] closest to the street, then planting a peach tree, Meyer lemon, and something else (probably a pear) closer to the house.
Question is, have any of you done something like this? I'm interested in your own experiences and recommendations in terms of arranging the trees, changing the rest of the front yard to work with the landscape, and the reactions of your neighbors. Did you just put the trees in rows? Did you keep the existing lawn or resurface with something else, like mulch or decomposed granite?