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Do You Mow for Hours?

23 Feb

Are You Mowing 3 or More Hours Every Week?

Properties in the Triad’s Southeast region are rather expansive and may tie up several hours per week to mow. With yearly drought threats, hot sun, and heavy clay soil, homeowners may feel captive by their lawn areas each weekend. These large green or brown areas have potential to burst with color, help with erosion and attract butterflies and hummingbirds, while freeing up valuable weekends for rest and relaxation. Now is the perfect time to start your drought tolerate garden.

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Some deciduous perennials for the hassle-free gardens are; ratibida, vervain, black eyed susan, gaura, daylily, aster, wine cups, blanket flower, ice plant, bee balm, russian sage, artemesia, baptisia, agastache, hyssop, catnip, red hot poker, grasses, penstemon, mint, coneflower, jewel of opar, daisy, yarrow, coreopsis, caryopteris, joe-pye weed, butterfly weed, plumbago, spotted dead nettle, and globe thistle.

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These are perfect evergreen perennials including; prostrate sedums, lavender, rosemary, creeping or upright thyme, santolina, creeping phlox, creeping raspberry and wintercreeper

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With this palate of drought tolerant plants, make sure to incorporate some evergreen perennials for winter interest and place taller plants towards the middle or back of the new beds. Before the planting begins, take time to till the soil or dig the hole twice the size of the plant’s container to ensure a good root system and topdress with mulch. Next year you can divide your plants and increase the maintenance free and drought tolerate gardens.

Come visit Diana Digs Dirt-Landscape Designer at Cornerstone Garden 414-B State Street from Thursday-Saturday 11-3:30 if not raining or snowing and lets talk low maintenance. Or reach me at 392.4031

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Posted by on February 23, 2013 in Greensboro Gardens, Low Maintenance

 

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6 responses to “Do You Mow for Hours?

  1. Roch

    February 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you. I was indeed tired of mowing so much myself, so I have covered a swath of my lawn with plastic to kill everything underneath then till for a planted area — I just wasn’t sure what to put in it yet. This helps a lot.

    I’ll be moving some azaleas to the area (after their blooms die) and those are about the tallest I want in the area. Of the plants you mention above, are their any flowering plants that are knee-high or lower? (And not too creepy, I don’t have a whole bunch of room.)

     
  2. recyclebill

    February 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I’ve planted much of my yard with perennial herbs and each year I add more. Why mow it when I can eat it? -Billy Jones

     
  3. Roch

    February 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Wonderful! Thanks again.

     
  4. recyclebill

    February 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I doubt that my gardening will ever win any awards but as Roch can tell you it is different. Ever seen Army Surplus rocket launchers used as planters? I did.

    By the way, know where I can find Jerusalem artichoke bulbs (roots) locally? I can find them in the wild but won’t recognize them until they flower and the roots need to be planted early spring. -Billy

     

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