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Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Reduce The Size Of Your Lawn With Low-Maintenance Gardens And Hardscape Features

by Eugene Jones

People who own a big backyard may grow tired of all the lawn mowing it requires. They also may think a large expanse of grass is boring to view from the windows, and they may not like how much water it needs. If this describes your situation, consider some landscape features you can add that will reduce the size of the lawn and provide more variety. Adding low-maintenance gardens and hardscape features are fine alternatives to grass.

Low-Maintenance Gardens

Shrubs, Large Plants, and Wildflowers

Creating blended gardens around the borders of the yard is a beautiful way to reduce the amount of grass. With large beds overflowing with plants, only minimal weeding will be required. Consider plants such as arbor vitae, juniper bushes, ferns, and hostas, with wildflowers at the front. Flowers that grow from bulbs also require little attention other than making sure they get enough water and that other plants don't shade them too much. 

Rock Gardens

Rock gardens don't have to look like desert terrain. They can be ablaze with color from a variety of flowering ground cover. For stones, use many sizes, shapes and types to make the space especially eye-catching. 

Examples of Hardscape Features

Gravel Paths

Pea gravel, crushed rock or other types of decorative gravel can be used to create paths around the borders. These materials allow rain to drain through, unlike a fully paved path. Don't hesitate to make these pathways wide enough for two people to walk together. 

Stepping Stones

If your family likes going barefoot and you're concerned about the comfort aspect of gravel, stepping stones might be better. Having flagstones or pavers installed with a bit of space in between each one is also good for drainage. 

An Area for Birds

One corner or part of the yard's edge can be turned into a place that's especially welcoming for birds. Add a couple of birdbaths along with a few feeders. If you place the feeders above a platform, you can easily sweep up debris left behind.

What You Can Do Now

If you like some of these ideas, but they seem a bit labor-intensive to create, contact landscaping services for pricing. Landscapers can remove the grass, build various types of gardens and take care of all the planting. They also can install the hardscape features you find appealing. You can schedule landscaping technicians (such as those from Design Scapes of Manasota Inc) to trim bushes each year if you'd like, and to do other seasonal maintenance.