Front yard lawn

September 19, 2021
Ideas For Front Yard Lawn
PictureIn April, The Musicant Group has been awarded a Knight Cities Challenge Grant in partnership with the Friendly Streets Initiative!

This coming summer, we will create a platform of knowledge, action, and mutual support that will catalyze the transformation of large swaths of our cities into places full of community, connection, and opportunity. We will do this by creating a data-driven placemaking toolkit to guide everyday citizens on the value of and process of transforming the most ubiquitous and underutilized space in our country: the American front lawn.

Front Yard Placemaking Toolkit will be a platform for large-scale change and will provide a step-by-step placemaking process that will enable citizens, first within St. Paul, then beyond, to turn their empty expanses of grass into places that they and their neighbors want to be.

The Front Yard Placemaking Toolkit will inspire and guide residents of all income levels and cultural backgrounds to turn their lawns into places where:

  • Residents serendipitously meet their neighbors
  • Children play
  • Food is grown, prepared and eaten
  • Social capital is built
  • Civic issues are debated
  • Attachment to place is made

Our Data-driven Process
The toolkit will be developed, implemented, and disseminated in four phases in order to maximize its impact.
  • First we will develop a draft toolkit based on The Musicant Group’s placemaking methodology.
  • Second, our partner the Friendly Streets Initiative will then recruit 10-20 residents of the diverse Hamlin-Midway neighborhood of St. Paul to participate in a pilot project using the draft toolkit in the summer of 2016.
  • Third, we will release the same draft toolkit to anyone interested in trying it out in their own yards, with the commitment that they will provide us with feedback on how the process impacted their lives and how it could be improved.

We’ll then incorporate what we learned via the pilot project, and corresponding data, into a final Front Yard Placemaking Toolkit that would be released to the public free of charge in the Spring of 2017.​

Front Yard Placemaking Toolkit in the News:

Transform your lawn into a center of community, connection, and invitation this summer! Help us test and refine our Front Lawn Placemaking Toolkit by signing up to receive a copy by signing up for our mailing list below.


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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