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mchipser 05-13-2012 11:08 PM

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I posted this in another forum but I can't move it to the correct one..

I am in central Texas, between Waco and Austin. I would like to stay with native plants if possible. I am still working on the last planter area next to the house. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I know the grass is jacked up, I am going to work on that next season since my budget is tight at the moment..

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designshare 05-14-2012 03:47 AM

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How long time sun light the yard? or does the door face north?you should improve the curb appeal.

mchipser 05-14-2012 11:41 AM

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The front door faces south and the yard gets sun all day long..

Edit: After looking I am in Zone 7b

user1007 05-14-2012 05:08 PM

As shown in the quick mockup, add some movement. People have a tendancy to plant things parallel to surfaces which is boring and not very creative and too close to the house. Curves add depth and interest. And, since you are going to have a lawn, it is a lot faster to mow if you have curves that match the turning radius of a mower rather than square corners to navigate. :yes:

As for plants. I would hit the library and your ag extension resources for lists of native plants for the home landscape. The closer you can stay to what nature likes in general the less maintenance and greatest chance of plants thriving.

Install some drip irrigation before you get to far a long so you can water just where you want it and in gallons per hour instead of gallons per minute. Your plants will love it! And it is inexpensive both in terms of materials and in water savings.

mchipser 05-20-2012 09:47 PM

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I just finished the area near the house.. I added a few curves in there, I really like it.

A new question. When I fill these in what kind of dirt should I use? Top soil?

I had to stay away from the sewer line in the front of the house.. I am thinking of making a smaller bed in from of the big one but a step or two below the current one., ( if that makes any sense) this would allow me to hide the sewer line and have two levels of planting surface. What do you think?

designshare 05-21-2012 07:41 AM

Nice the new bed!I like to mix compost and soil to fill the is better to plant trees and shrubs when fall or winter come.I prefer to continue to soft the driveway and the sidewalk straight line(avoid to hurt the sewer without bed).maybe some shrubs and flowers work.

mchipser 05-23-2012 08:58 PM

I think i found the first plant
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I think i found the first plant i want to plant.. This will be in the big bed on the far right.. In the circle area.

mchipser 05-30-2012 08:46 PM

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Well I guess I need to wait until the fall to plant anything. On a side note I filled in the beds with soil and I am going to add the mulch this weekend, and leave it until the fall.

creeper 05-31-2012 05:21 PM


Originally Posted by mchipser (Post 932594)
Well I guess I need to wait until the fall to plant anything. On a side note I filled in the beds with soil and I am going to add the mulch this weekend, and leave it until the fall.

What would be the reason for waiting until fall?
Now's the time

ghostlyvision 05-31-2012 07:04 PM

The beds look great, and that TX mountain laurel will be beautiful there, I agree with waiting till Fall, it's very hot in Texas this spring and will be difficult to get anything to establish. If you didn't already, add a layer of compost on the dirt before adding the mulch, by Fall you'll have a really good growing medium.

ghostlyvision 05-31-2012 07:06 PM

Oops, almost forgot, check this link out to help in selecting more native plants:

mchipser 06-02-2012 05:56 PM

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I got the manure laid the mulch laid, now just waiting till fall

ghostlyvision 06-05-2012 04:15 PM

Looks so good! You'll have some happy plants there before you know it. :)

mchipser 06-14-2012 08:12 PM

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I just found a picture of what my yard looked like before I started..

I have attached a before and after.,

MikeVila 06-14-2012 09:27 PM

Can't tell much difference! Lol j/k. Looks great man!

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