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Old 10-11-2012, 12:12 PM   #1
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Need a good solution to keep it low maintenance for side yard


Hi all, thanks for participating this thread for brainstorming...

We have a side yard that over the years we did not pay attention to, and now most of the flowers died and it also start growing a lot of insects/bugs in the soil. Also, this side yard usually don't see a lot of sunlight (neighbor's house is blocking the sunlight). Here are some photos:





My questions:

1. Is there a good solution to keep this side yard low maintenance while keep it neat and pretty?? Thoughts or comments?

2. What do people think of some type of red/brown color groundcover, such as the one in this photo?? Would that be a good idea?? Is it easy to apply and how much would this type of groundcover cost? I think one of my neighbors used some sort of small red pebble and it seems working really well....

Thanks again!


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What do you consider high maintenance about it now? It looks like that shrub/tree and removing the flowers when done are the major tasks or am I missing something? Obviously, leaving dead plant material around attracts insects and disease.

As far as groundcovers and so forth, the World is your oyster to a point in the Bay Area. You could also build a shade loving perennial bed along the house with some taller plants like Nandina or even some podacarpus. Mini agapanthus would do well in that narrow bed.

If you do not have a copy, invest $20 in the Sunset Western Garden Book. It is great resource for what to plant and how to take care of it. You will use it a lot.

Run some drip irrigation for watering needs.

Of course you have the slug and snail problems and especially in a shaded garden. And you mention soil insects? You will have to deal with them via some sort of pesticide.

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hosta, great for Shaded area and very low maintenance...
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For hosta, do you seed or do you plant?? Sorry I'm a total newbie in terms of landscaping and gardening.. thanks
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Hi all, thanks for participating this thread for brainstorming...

We have a side yard that over the years we did not pay attention to, and now most of the flowers died and it also start growing a lot of insects/bugs in the soil. Also, this side yard usually don't see a lot of sunlight (neighbor's house is blocking the sunlight). Here are some photos:





My questions:

1. Is there a good solution to keep this side yard low maintenance while keep it neat and pretty?? Thoughts or comments?

2. What do people think of some type of red/brown color groundcover, such as the one in this photo?? Would that be a good idea?? Is it easy to apply and how much would this type of groundcover cost? I think one of my neighbors used some sort of small red pebble and it seems working really well....

Thanks again!
If you didn't pay attention to it in the past you probably won't in the future. I didn't learn that from a counselor there were some things I had to learn on my own.

One of the least maintenance methods and the best for the structure is concrete sloped away from the building about an inch / foot. Now before you blow this off, think about it for a minute or three. There are several kinds of concrete besides that that's cracked and that that's going to crack. There is dyed and stamped to name a couple.

Now if you want a small low maintenance bed with a bit of character and a shade tolerant perennial shrub or two or 4, have that concrete person block out a couple of ellipse openings turned opposite to each other according to the north star and maybe 3 or 4 round openings. Don't do square openings for planting as that will cause the second type of concrete, remember that one ? yes, that's that cracked, it'll crack at the corners of the square.

If you feel the concrete work is a little above your level of DIY that's ok. You can do the planting yourself and don't forget the small amount of maintenance that will follow.

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Old 10-12-2012, 07:46 AM   #6
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For hosta, do you seed or do you plant?? Sorry I'm a total newbie in terms of landscaping and gardening.. thanks
Hostas in N California = Five Start Slug and Snail Meal

Hostas will last but minutes in the SF Bay Area. Snails and slugs not already in your yard will send out invitations to come eat them.

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