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Old 08-08-2011, 07:03 AM   #1
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I have a yard of 600sqft. 100-150sqft of which will be patio. The rest is garden/landscaping.

my goal is to have a zero-low maintenance garden. After I pick some plants for the garden, is it better to put down mulch or grand covering plants for the garden ground?

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I have a yard of 600sqft. 100-150sqft of which will be patio. The rest is garden/landscaping.

my goal is to have a zero-low maintenance garden. After I pick some plants for the garden, is it better to put down mulch or grand covering plants for the garden ground?

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There is no such thing as a "zero-maintenance garden."

Are you looking to have a back yard you don't have to mow? If that's the case, a combination of perennial flowers shrubs, nice rock and/or mulch will do the trick. Just keep your big bottle of RoundUp ready, because grass and weeds WILL grow through any landscaping.

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They claim rock gardens are very low maintenance (no such thing as zero maintenance) but they aren't very attractive looking in my opinion at least. Mulch you would have to replace or add another inch on top of the previous layers every few years to keep it looking good and pull the odd weed.

Unless your really busy. a garden of 100 - 150 square feet is a pretty small size and wouldn't require that much time to maintain.

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They claim rock gardens are very low maintenance (no such thing as zero maintenance) but they aren't very attractive looking in my opinion at least. Mulch you would have to replace or add another inch on top of the previous layers every few years to keep it looking good and pull the odd weed.

Unless your really busy. a garden of 100 - 150 square feet is a pretty small size and wouldn't require that much time to maintain.
I agree with you there about it not being very attractive. To me, rock gardens don't have a "life feel" to them. No green.

You're also right about mulch needing to be topped and/or replaced.

And yeah, even an electric string trimmer could be used to maintain 150 square feet of grass. Perhaps a push reel mower would be a good buy?
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you misread his post. He would have about 450 feet of grass which is still easily with push mower or electric mower range.
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you misread his post. He would have about 450 feet of grass which is still easily with push mower or electric mower range.
Yeah - I'll pass on mowing it with a WeedEater!

Thanks for the clarification.
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Thanks, you guys.

Now this is where i am at.

I am going to put down some plants (low maintanence, some tall grass, some gournd covering like hostas, creeping phlox and fern etc).

My question is: To avoid a lot of weeds, do I leave the ground in between the plants as is, or do I cover it with mulch or stone?



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Thanks, you guys.

Now this is where i am at.

I am going to put down some plants (low maintanence, some tall grass, some gournd covering like hostas, creeping phlox and fern etc).

My question is: To avoid a lot of weeds, do I leave the ground in between the plants as is, or do I cover it with mulch or stone?


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If you leave the ground "as is" it will grow all manner of plants/weeds.

My wife & I have gone the mulch route at our house. We did not lay down landscaping fabric, because in our experience that did not seem to keep weeds & grass from growing through it. We use red-dyed mulch, because it kind of blends with our brick house.

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