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Re: Still no gardening

Keep the lawn and get rid of trees?  Talk about bo-ring.
Lawns can be water hogs. Trees need help getting established, but eventually do well on their own. I think the smarter move would be to select trees that can manage more easily on their own, tough ones with deeper roots.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2007 3:27 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Still no gardening

There is a guy in town who teaches at the local college and writes a
column for the paper. I have taken some classes from him but, well, his
style and mine don't mesh although he certainly knows plants and
growing. However his advice on xeriscaping is keep the lawn and get rid
of your trees, because trees take more water than a lawn does.
Annnnnddddd...maybe...but does that sound like sense to you?


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of james singer
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2007 10:00 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Still no gardening

Ouch! 40K for a xeriscape? But we should've seen it coming. As soon as
we realized water was a problem, all sorts of xeriscape specialists
have tumbled into town. Mainly, they advise getting rid of the lawn
[good idea] and replacing it with gravel, river rock, crushed quartz,
decomposed granite, washed beach sand, or some such [bad idea]. Lawns
and all their replacements are high maintenance. Fighting weeds in the
gravel, I recall, was one of the labors of Hercules [maybe not].
Xeriscape should be native-scape without the undesirable plants, and
require little more maintenance than the undeveloped tracts up the
street. The real goal, I submit, is to re-create a natural landscape
that somehow conveys the illusion--as questionable as it may seem--that
your house belongs where it was built.

On Oct 15, 2007, at 11:55 AM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

Still not much gardening going on at my house, although we did have a
nice weekend. Went to a wedding Friday on a big yacht in Newport Beach
(very ritzy!). Got home about 7 pm and thankfully we missed the
horrendous truck crash and fire that closed the big freeway
we take to get home. We didn't hear about it till my sister called the
next morning to make sure we were okay, but I guess it made national
I did manage to clear weeds out of another four feet or so of the
cottage garden out front. It isn't a long term fix because I was
out two types of grass that both spread via underground runners. I
no idea what one of them is, the other looks a little like Bermuda
but isn't. Guess it doesn't really matter what they are, unless I
bulldoze it and cut off the water, I'll be battling them for years to
come. But what I've done looks better for the moment and as it looks
better my morale goes up and I'm more willing to keep at it.  I am
pretty sure I'm going to hire a gardener to mow and get rid of leaves
over the winter months. I'm still debating (dithering would be more
it) about getting professional advice on redoing the area. I did talk
a friend who had a local company give him some advice on xeriscaping.
looked at their website and went "Yuck"; they apparently have only two
looks, either gravel with a couple cactus plonked down or bare dirt
a strip of lawn, a few rocks and some accent lights. I may not know
I want yet, but I know that isn't it.  My friend didn't like it either
especially after they told him it would be $40K to do his yard!


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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Sunset Zone 25
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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