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Vineeta17-Dec-01 03:33 PM EST 3a   
Linda17-Dec-01 10:31 PM EST   
vineeta19-Dec-01 09:49 AM EST   
Linda22-Dec-01 08:53 PM EST   
Susan23-Dec-01 02:35 PM EST 6a   

Subject: Preparing the lawn
From: Vineeta
Zone: 3a
Date: 17-Dec-01 03:33 PM EST


I have no idea of outdoor gardenning. What is a flowerbed? Unlike the backyard, how to prepare the frontyard (of a house being built) which is supposed to be a lawn into a land where i would like to grow different kinds of flowers (beside grass necessary for lawn)? Please help.

Thanks, Regards.

Subject: RE: Preparing the lawn
From: Linda
Date: 17-Dec-01 10:31 PM EST

A flowerbed is where you will plant your flowers or shrubs.

Place approx. 6 inches of top soil over the soil left when they finish building. Roll it flat and smooth and place sod on top. Keep it wet enough for the roots to grow into the soil.

Your flowerbeds should have at least 8 in of top soil.

Look through past articles and you will find lots of information. Have fun learning.

If you don't like gardening but feel you must - plant grass, trees and flowering shrubs.

Subject: RE: Preparing the lawn
From: vineeta
Date: 19-Dec-01 09:49 AM EST

Hi Linda,

Thanks for your help. I'll surely check the last issues. But, can u please tell me something that i'm not sure about; Can we prepare a flowerbed in the space for lawn? e.g. if i want to plant Poinsettia in front of my house, should i have to prepare a lawn according to the tradition (with grass) and then dig-up rows to plant the trees? Or, can i plant the trees in some spaces and then place the grass for lawn around them and in the rest of the space?

If there are flowery trees only in my lawn instead of grass, does it look bad?

Thanks, Regards.

Subject: RE: Preparing the lawn
From: Linda
Date: 22-Dec-01 08:53 PM EST

Many people are going with a grassless yard. Some look wonderful. Look at a number before trying this yourself.

Trees, shrubs and perennial beds usually have deedper top soil than the lawn does.

Hope this answers the questions.

Type lawn in the search button and see what other information is available.

Subject: RE: Preparing the lawn
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 23-Dec-01 02:35 PM EST

You mentioned planting poinsettias - are you aware that in this climate (including your area of Michigan) that poinsettias are indoor houseplants? They can go in the garden for the summer but must be brought back in for the winter or else they will be killed by the cold.

Further to Linda's comments, if you have no grass yet, you can prepare the beds for perennials, shrubs and trees and then lay the sod and/or seed the grass in the areas where you want lawn. You do not have to create lawn and then remove it again...

As Linda says, grassless lawns are beoming popular in many areas, but more 'conventional' neighbors sometimes don't like it (at first at least...) If you have a small yard in particular, it can be a good way to have lots of interesting garden plants though, so if you like the idea, go for it! Groundcovers under tres and shrubs can make an interesting alternative to a lawn - no mowing required, although weeding will be necessary, particularly in the first year. What would make a suitable groundcover will depend on things like the amount of sun the area gets and how moist or dry it is. Evergreen goundcovers can provide winter interest. You have to be careful what you choose though because some groundcovers can be invasive and get into areas where you don't want them to...

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