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What happened to the narrow walk and struggling lawn? Plenty.

A gracious transition from street to front door can make the entry to a home pleasant and inviting.

Before it was remodeled, Irene and Haig Zeronian's front yard had been abrupt and undistinguished. A path led straight from the street and arrived at a small front stoop, crossing a lawn that struggled in the shade of a tall tree.

Landscape designer Michael Glassman of Greenscapes and Graphics in Davis, California, started with a new entry path--a 10-foot-wide expanse of flagstone that stair-steps diagonally across the yard to a widened, elevated front porch. Ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea), a serrated-leafed ground cover, replaced the sparse lawn.

To introduce a sense of continuity to the yard, Glassman designed low redwood planters that step up the gently sloping lot and run across the front of the house (they're also used in the back garden). Sheet-metal flashing protects the house where the planters touch it.
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