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Smother and replace your lawn with mulch
Wish I'd seen this page 10 weeks ago! Decided to xeriscape 3/4 of my yard. I've just had 2 total knee replacements, wake up call, don't want to spend time mowing, fertilizing, watering. Attended xeriscape class at local nursery, developed plant list, decided to go with dwarf shrubs - no need use a ladder to trim them. And less work than perennials. So I bought and put in my new plants - 67of them! Lots of common bearberry (arctostaphyllos uva-ursi) on a slope which faces South; juniper blue rug on either end; Mountain Laurel (Olympic Fire and Minuet); and hydrangea paniculata (Bobo). Been watering them every other day, to get the roots to go down deep. So of course now, no one wants to help mulch with all the plants already in. Spent 5 hours today looking for cardboard; so many shops around here have balers, and they get paid for each bale so they did not want to give any cardboard away. I managed to get about 1/4 of what I need. I will need 35 cu. yds of mulch - that is a LOT of mulch for just ME to set out! And here in northeast Massachusetts - Zone 6 - rushing to get it down to protect the roots of the new plantings before freeze. Looking forward to seeing my yard when done, and then next year when things fill in. Meantime, this page has been VERY helpful.
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