By Evelyn J. Hadden
With Beautiful No-Mow Yards, you could remodel your garden right into a livable backyard and produce nature's good looks into your life!
What has your excellent eco-friendly garden performed for you latterly? Is it worth the time, attempt, and assets you lavish on it? Armed with encouragement, suggestion, and state-of-the-art suggestion from award-winning writer Evelyn Hadden, you could free up your self at last!
In this final advisor to rethinking your backyard, Hadden showcases dozens of inspiring, green possible choices to that hard (and dare we are saying boring?) eco-friendly turf. alternate your garden for a full of life prairie or substitute it with a runoff-reducing rain backyard. switch it for an interactive experience backyard or convert it to a low-maintenance residing carpet.
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The mood can be dark and unsettling or deeply reassuring, depending on your plant choices and your design. The mood can also vary by season. You may feel there is not enough “flower power” in a shady setting. While it’s true that woodland gardens won’t usually accommodate flower-packed planting beds, it is definitely possible to design a shady space with visual punch. You can turn to annuals to add color, like Jay Sifford did in his North Carolina garden. Some perennials have variegated foliage as well.
A wide lawn path around a tree island makes an enticing play area for children too. You can use a tree island to reduce some of your workload, by letting nature take care of it for you. Rather than removing fallen leaves from your lawn and carting them away, rake them into your tree island, where they will decompose into nutritious soil to feed your tree and its understory plants. This is healthier for your tree than having a lawn growing under it. However, be aware that shrinking your lawn area with tree islands may not reduce your workload if it increases the amount of edges that you have to maintain.
This began as a feature to attract birds and encourage them to nest and raise young in the garden, but it has led Michelle to develop an interest in identifying and learning about her fascinating array of insect visitors. She has also honed her skill at photographing her garden and its inhabitants, and she presents slideshows to groups of gardeners, sharing her success story and introducing them to the many insects and plants that enliven her yard. Having removed all the lawn from her property, Michelle is relieved not to have to mow during summer’s heat and humidity, nor to rake up the copious maple leaves.