Think of the foundation planting as you would for the perfect setting for a beautiful painting that enhances its natural beauty. Omitting a lawn is not just for areas where water conservation is essential. Lawn-less front yards will not suffer when water prices rise as supply decreases. Plus, there's no need for lawn care, which eliminates the cost of a gardener. That means more time to enjoy your outdoor living spaces all summer.
How to fertilize: Feed every month in the spring and summer with an organic fertilizer labeled for roses or tomatoes. When to prune: Some types flourish on new growth and others on old growth. When you buy, ask the nursery what type you have and when you should ponder. Where to Buy: Local garden centers have plenty of choices in the spring. Good mail order sources include Brushwood Nursery and Joy Creek Nursery. By carefully carving the landscape and choosing the right plants and materials, you can hide an unattractive driveway. With only a few steps, lessHan-perfect photo part of your home can be turned into a gardener's paradise.
Try to locate the plants so that a natural scene develops as they mature. Plant the shrubs or trees together in a big bed and mulch well. Mass planting of woody perennials also provides a winter structure for the landscape. Consider adding bulbs or borders that have masses of perennial herbaceous or annual plants for the seasonal color. If the site analysis reflects a need to filter out unsightly views, provide a noise barrier or create privacy, plant evergreen shrubs or build a fence (Figure 19). -43). If space and time permit, a natural evergreen hedge is a good option for screening.
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