How to Landscape a Mailbox

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Many homeowners like to landscape the area around their mailbox. A mailbox garden should integrate your mailbox into your existing landscape design. Besides being attractive, planting around your mailbox eliminates the need to get into the area around the mailbox with a lawnmower or an edger.

  • Provide consistency with the rest of your landscaping by using plants and other flowers that already exist in your other gardens. If you have some perennials that you would like to use near your mailbox, dig them up from your other gardens and divide them. Put some of them back in the original garden, and plant some in your mailbox garden.

  • Think of all four seasons. Since your mailbox is usually in a predominant place at the front of the house, it is visible all year long. Think about all of the seasons when landscaping your mailbox. It is a good idea to put flowers that bloom at different times and to include some evergreen to keep your mailbox looking nice in the winter months.

  • Remember that size matters. If you pick flowers that are too small, they can be dwarfed by your mailbox and won't be seen. Planting flowers that grow too tall could block the box and be a problem for your mail carrier. Black-eyed susans, purple cornflowers and daisies are some good choices.

  • Install a trellis or small fence behind your mailbox post if you want to include vines and climbing flowers in your mailbox landscape. They need more support than just the mailbox pole, and you want them to climb on the trellis instead of covering the box.

  • Try planting ornamental grass around your mailbox for a low maintenance landscape that looks nice right through the Fall.

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