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Old 04-26-2010, 11:18 AM   #1
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need help with pitiful back yard


I dont really have too much to say except "someone please help?!?! what can i do with this yard" its so well.... here look....

P.S. House is in Vegas... Super hot, super alkine soil, super desert... what can i do????

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Green outdoor carpeting. Honestly - I saw something similar in San Diego. Rather than have a lawn, they covered it with outdoor carpeting. Perpetually green. and eternally drought resistant.
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any examples for yard set up????
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There is a show on HGTV called "Yard Crashers" that they basically deal with back yards that look just like yours every single episode. Might want to check out their website and see if they have done anything around your area and dealt with the kind of weather you typically have.
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it's always best to avoid fighting the local climate. Go to the local home center and buy native plants. they'll be accustomed to the soil, temperature and arid climate. I obviously am in a much cooler and damper climate than you, so I don't know much about desert vegetation. I DO know that some cacti are simply stunning. Try to go with those, and succulants (that store a lot of water in their leaves/stems to survive dry spells).

Tall plants towards the fence, and short ones by your patio. you'll have a stunning place to lounge and eat dinner
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While I'm not in the hot desert climate, we had gravel in our yard when we bought it and have worked for 3 years to turn it around. It is doable, but you have to create a plan first. Talk to a local nursery about what will grow...think about how much sun you get and what times of the day, etc. You'll probably end up with a mix of stone and plantings, but if it's planned well and has interesting texture and leaves, it will be fine. There are many gravel and larger stones that are decorative. Add in some nice pavers to walk on through the area. Also think about adding a water element, whether it's a fountain or a small pond.
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i will have to check out yard crashers... i have never heard of that show....

I agree with the native plants suggestion water is sort of expensive in vegas (why i didnt want a pool when we were house shopping - they are always on water conservation) we get sun (direct sunlight) from about dawn till dusk 9 months a year so it would have to be local plant life i dont know what else would survive....

i just dont know how to lay it out.... i know the only requirement my hubby has mentioned is he wants to be able to sit on the back patio and drink his coffee in the morning and beer in the evening so it needs to be a nice sitting friendly enviroment.... i am just not sure how to make it all look great...

and whatever it is i have to take the "plan" by the Home Owners Association.... so it cant be something too crazy.... (sigh)
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one more tip:

I forgot about how $$$ water would be by you.... Here's a suggestion. In the northeast, it's suggested that we do NOT do this, but that's becuase we're already so moist that we risk growing mold and fungus. But in your case, that would be nearly impossible...

No matter what you plant, even native plants, you'll occassionally have to water.... So, when the time comes, get the soaker hoses, and run them at dusk. That way, the sun is gone, it's cooler, and the moisture sticks around the roots much longer. The soaker hoses will also use less water.

good luck with the homeowners association!
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