Lower Maintenance Yard – Goals

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I am sure you are tired of hearing me complain about yard work. Frankly, I am tired of it too. And I haven’t even started. So I decided to start making my lawn, less of a lawn. Lower maintenance. More edible. And that’s started…

I’ve imagined up and drawn out a backyard design that includes lots of plants native to Georgia, multiple areas with standing garden beds and pathways with pavers.

Why Native Plants

Native plants do not require fertilizers.
Native plants require fewer pesticides than lawns.
Native plants require less water than lawns.
Native plants help reduce air pollution by eliminating mowing.
Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife.
Native plants promote biodiversity and stewardship of our natural heritage.
Native plants save money.

Source: H2GrOw

The Plan

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I built a couple more standing beds. And I began covering sections of the yard with thick layers of cardboard (free from my local part time job) and landscaping fabric. As I have time, the energy, and the funds, I am going to cover those areas with mulch. I’m also watching for mulch sales.

Beauty and her boyfriend have taken on a few garden beds as well. She is definitely the chef of our family and loves using fresh herbs. We have rosemary and mint growing in abundance, she has plans to built out a full offering of herbs and specialty items.

We have plans to plant berries and fruit trees; however, I don’t think that will be in the budget this year. My real goal is to lay out all the beds and get the ground cover done.

Now is the Time

With the plan to NOT travel other than this last minute trip to Texas. I should have lots of time to spend in the yard doing a little at a time. Which is all my back will allow…growing older can sure be hard on the body!

I am relying heavily on local greenhouses to guide me in the native plant, low maintenance selection. I know it will take time, and we all know patience is not one of my virtues. But the vision of a “wild” beautiful yard keeps me motivated.

Resource Sites

GSU Perimeter Garden

Native Plant Community Design

Using Georgia Native Plants

Athens-Clarke County: H2GRow



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