Rock bed with perennial grass along a staircase

For this project, there was an immediate problem that needed attention: a newly installed concrete staircase in front of this home was being undercut by erosion during rainstorms because of a lack of strong base material below and next to the steps. With only sand and degraded top soil holding them in place on the right, these stairs would have cracked and buckled prematurely.

A simple solution: By filling the empty space below and adjacent to the steps with crushed limestone, a preventative measure was taken to preserve the life of this new staircase. In order to help beautify this highly visible part of the home, perennial reed grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora) was planted and black edging was installed to designate a clear boundary between rock and turf. The end result was a visually-appealing, functional landscape installation.