Would lawn be affected by invasive ground cover?
I am planning to put some invasive ground cover (Lantana) in the front and back of the grass lawn. I am wondering if the ground cover is invasive, will it take over the lawn?
Also would like to know how much water is needed to establish the Lantana, Verbena, Cuphea and Hanging Rosemary? Which one is the most drought tolerant?
Lived in Juan Jose for 20 years and practiced landscape design there. I sold my practice to a landscape architect that signed off on my drawings when needed. He is gone now but I bet his family nursery thrives unless the box stores killed it.
First question I asked any client is how much time, or money to make up for it, they planned to spend on the design I came up with for them. Anything you plant will get away from you if you cannot commit resources to watching over plantlife or even a natural pool.
I finally became honest with myself and hired a Japanese gardening family to look after my own place a couple times a week.
Will the groundcovers you have in mind turn invasive? I would pick something else than what you have in mind, bury header strips or look into something like one of the landscape curb pouring companies like Border Magic and separate the groundcovers from the lawn. Then you have a fighting chance if you keep an eye on things, or your gardening team does.
Do look into drip irrigation for everything but your turfgrass. You can get emitters in all sorts of configurations for groundcovers, shrubs and trees and drip systems work in gallons per hour, not gallons per minute like what you probably have now. Plants love it.
As you know, water is becoming a big issue where you are. My state is running out fast too. I lived through rationing once while our Northern California water raced past to fill swimming pools in LaLa Land. I think you Northern Californians should revolt this time.
With a responsible drip irrigation system for most of your yard, you should be on the winning edge of this when it happens.
You know a biblical reference I used until each copy feel apart out your way was the Sunset Western Garden Book. If you don't have one, and you can spare $20, get a copy. Every real retail nursery will have a beat up one on, or just under the counter. There is all kinds of wonderful information in there.
And get to know your real nursery people, not the minimum wage apron folks at box stores. I sold to all in your part of the world and some have remained great friends. I of course bought plant material in amounts that would scare you from some.
Yes I will use the dripping system to maintain the groundcover, but I don't think lawn can be watered with dripping? And to establish the groundcover, is sprinkler needed?
I cannot design your outdoor spaces from my Chicago high rise. With one of the nicest park systems to catch me a block away. And while I did landscape design quite nicely in California? I hope to never step foot on California soil ever again.
If you want to scale out your yard and send a plot plan I will try to help you. Otherwise, your local and real nursery will either have a landscape designer or landscape architect on hand or near and working cheap in this economy.
What scares me most, and it does not matter what you plant until you come to grips with it is that I sense you are seeking a plant it and forget it approach. Nice designed landscapes need continual maintenance. Aiming for low maintenance is noble but trees and shrubs need pruning and even invasive ground covers like you have in mind have to be wacked with a sharp spade.
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