"Island" landscape plantings are
very effective for screening an undesirable view or to add some interest to an open lawn
area. It's important to have the island in scale with the area around it so that it
doesn't appear to be only an after thought.
Below we see 'before and
after' photos of an "island" planted by Donnan Landscape Services in Spring 1999, using
Norway Spruce evergreen trees and Northern Bayberry shrubs, to provide a screen from a large
'Fort Apache style' playset in a
neighboring yard. This island planting was mounded with soil and then contoured, using 9 tons of
shredded and screened topsoil.
Bayberrys (which are semi-evergreens) will rapidly fill in the gaps between the evergreen
trees. Norway Spruce are also fast-growing evergreens and can be
sheared to shape anytime of the year. Using Pines would have limited the tree
trimming period to a period
of a few weeks in early
summer (primarily June in the northeastern US).
The island was then mulched with double shredded bark.
Annual maintenance will include a fresh application of mulch and fertilizer
to help ensure good growth.