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I tore bushes out of my small front yard that were in front of my house and am looking for an inexpensive new look with minimal maintenance..? Pavers? Potted plants/flowers? Pave it?

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  • Anne Brennan Anne Brennan on Feb 27, 2018
    When I removed bushes from my parents front yard, they wanted low maintenance without solid surface covering entire space. At our large nursery/landscaping store, I found nice large (14" x 14") pavers that were placed in a diamond pattern with 2" gaps between. The open areas, I filled with a mint moss. This 'moss' is a low grower, so no need to trim or cut, but the best part is when you step on it... you get the smell of mint and because it is dense, it is very soft on the feet!
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 27, 2018
    .Lay membrane then Gravel the area and add Large Identical Pots filled with evergreen plants or Gravel........
  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Feb 27, 2018
    I plant hillera holly as my shrubs (low growing shrubs, I like to see my house , not cover it up) and hostas, a well as some annuals here and there. I also use Mexican heather in certain spots, around my flower bed with the light post. For my borders I bought Eco border, comes in 4' sections and is made from recycled rubber. You can bend it in a circle and it is so easy to put down. It will last forever and even if you hit it with the weed wacker doesn't do any damage. I've tried bricks, pavers and wood timbers. I'm done with those. I put thick layers of newspaper down around my flowers and all through the border, wet it well, then mulch over top. I only mulch in spring. If you mulch over in the fall, all the little chipmunks, bugs, grubs, etc have a nice warm place to stay over the winter, so they can eat everything you plant in the spring.
  • Liv Liv on Feb 27, 2018
    I would recommend finding some tall grasses.
  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Feb 27, 2018
    I saw the cleaver way at a Home and Garden show where the contractors put the flowers in the ground, but left them in their pots, this would give you the ability to arrange and re-arrange plants to different heights, color patterns, etc to match your style.
  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Feb 27, 2018
    Paving it will not be inexpensive. How about a rock garden type look? Put weed barrier down, river rock, then container plants in pretty pots
  • Aun28348829 Aun28348829 on Mar 01, 2018
    Thanks all!! I like the rock garden/gravel ideas.... appreciate it.
  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Mar 01, 2018
    You may want to rethink that, it really is best to have a garden to help soak up water. If it's against your house, you don't want water to sit there. Water has a way of seeking into just about anything. And it can do damage that you can't see until it's to late. There are low maintenance shrubs that would work. Talk to a local nursery and see what they suggest.
    If you are still set on a rock garden, make shore to build up the part next to any structure and slope it away so any rain water runs from it. And also make sure that your gutters are ok and the they also direct the water away. Good luck.
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