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Questions About Xeriscape Landscaping

Asked by
Anonymous on
March 6, 2011

Q. Desert Lawn

About a year ago my wife and myself had our front and backyard converted to a desert. We had little rocks spread all over the front and backyards. No plastic was put down, so now we have grass and weeds growing through the rocks.

I tried using salt, white vinegar, salt and white vinegar together, and poisons, but the grass and weeds just keep growing back.   What can we do to get rid of the grass and weeds so the yards could look like a desert landscape again?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 7, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 30, 2011

Q. Groundcover for Denver

I live in Denver, Colorado. About 1/2 the grass in my yard isn’t doing well due to having too much clay in the soil. I can water okay, but I think the clay is retarding any growth. I am thinking of Xeriscaping these areas. Any recommendations for groundcover? Would I still have to add a couple inches of good topsoil before groundcover or is there a way to amend the soil?

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Nikki on
May 2, 2011
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Anonymous on
May 5, 2011

Q. Heat Tolerant Plants

I have a flower bed against a west-facing brick wall that generates a lot of heat in the summer. I have not had any luck in keeping plants in that flower bed due to the heat. What are the best types of plants that can take the kind of heat generated by the bricks?

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Nikki on
May 5, 2011
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Anonymous on
July 10, 2011

Q. Xeriscape

We are attempting to switch a dried-up lawn to a xeriscape. After a design has been drawn, what is the first step to preparing/covering/killing weeds in a lawn area? I can’t seem to find this answer.

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Nikki on
July 10, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 29, 2011

Q. Covering Ground W/Plastic Liner Before Xeriscaping

We had our lawn xeriscaped last year. Many weeds and small trees have popped up. We have been told by another landscaper that we need to have all our pebbles/gravel/rock scraped off and plastic laid down and then put the pebbles/gravel/rock back on the plastic. Is this true? Is it typical that plastic is laid FIRST and then the rock, etc. placed on that?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 30, 2011
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Actually the answer is yes. It is often helpful to first place a layer of plastic or landscape fabric on the ground prior to adding the gravels/pebbles, etc. This will help prevent weeds from popping through the gravels.

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Asked by
lm1914me on
July 31, 2012

Q. xeriscaping over gravel

I need to use plants over a gravel area that is necessary for draining water away from a building foundation. A landscape fabric will be used on top of the gravel. Where the gravel is too deep to use, direct contact with the soil, how deep should the soil be to support average sized perennials?

Answered by
Heather on
August 13, 2012
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If you can get at least 18 inches of soil, that will minimally serve your average sized ornamental plant. This does not cover trees and shrubs, but most things smaller than them. If you can go deeper, that would be better even though.

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Anonymous on
June 6, 2015

Q. xeriscape in Cheyenne, Wyoming

I need to plant some flowers at a house in Cheyenne, Wyoming that is for sale so it will not get much water. I would like some blooms, as this is really for curb appeal for the selling aspect. Any ideas? Thanks.

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