Showing posts with label low maintenance landscaping. Show all posts
Showing posts with label low maintenance landscaping. Show all posts


The Cusp of Summer and a Scorched Lawn

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The cusp of summer is upon us again in Southern Canada. With it has arrived the usual high soaring temperatures, very little precipitation and the dry, gusty winds of summer. These three factors combined can be extremely damaging, and even fatal, to green areas of the yard, garden, or newly introduced plant material in the region. As I quickly learn the vast differences between growing in a cold, mountainous climate and the sweltering desert heat of the valley bottom, my garden has overcome me (in the best of ways, of course…).

The weeds are in no short supply, of course. The hot pepper plants and corn are almost at eye level. My snap peas and radishes are long gone. Mystery plants have popped up here and there over the season, and the welcomed have simply become part of the landscape. The lawn… well, the poor lawn. I have tried my best to keep it green without straying from my “low consumption” water behaviors. Sadly, some areas of the yard have definitely suffered. These will be my first areas of attack for the new landscape installs. This means new raised beds, more edible plant material, rock, mulching, and a few new trees and shrubs for next year. 

This year is a learning experience and a great chance to plan out exactly, the best way to landscape the yard and plant the gardens. I look forward to the gardens of next year and transforming my high maintenance lawns into a manageable, low maintenance, dry land yard design.

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The Dreaded Name Change...

For months now, I have been contemplating the future of my existing blogs and what exactly I wanted to do with these dinosaurs lurking in my online presence. 

As much as I hate to admit defeat, some of these ancient projects of mine had to be laid to rest. When it came to “A Growing Garden”, I just could not bring myself to select ‘Delete’. Too much thought and heart has been put in to it, to simply up and walk away. I figured with some minor upgrades the site could be neat, shiny, new in no time. 

The Monarch- July 2013
JA Tucker

The first, and most important of these changes was selecting a new name. After learning that “A Growing Garden” actually belongs to another website, I had to take care of this immediately. However, selecting a new title and address (that has not already been taken) is not as easy as it sounds. Finally, it came to me! The best and most encompassing name came to me with my first sip of coffee this morning. 

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Grass Free Landscaping, The Future for Yard Design.

Hot temperatures, changing climates, water shortages, water usage regulations in many areas and simply, the necessity to preserve water, are all significant reasons grass free landscape designs are becoming growingly popular and will be beneficial in the future of yard and landscape design. This does not mean that we have to sacrifice a beautiful yard or a breathtaking landscape though. There are so many options that exist today to replace the use of grass that has become notorious for a need of constant water and regular maintenance, while not having to give up the functionality or comfort of the space.