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Re: Still no gardening

I agree with you, Jim. All gardening is an attempt, by us, to impose  
"order" on the landscape, but to me xeriscape means plants, not rocks.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Oct 15, 2007, at 11:59 AM, james singer wrote:

> 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.

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