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Questions About Xeriscape Landscaping

Asked by
Anonymous on
July 15, 2015

Q. pebbles and trees

We very recently planted lots of trees and shrubs in our yard and we were hoping to have a xeriscape yard. The plan was to lay landscape fabric where there are no trees and then landscape with pebbles. However, we were told by someone that it would kill all of our trees and shrubs. Now can you help us with this? Do the pebbles impede the growth of the trees? If so, what can we do? We live in Okotoks, Alberta, which is 15 minutes South of Calgary.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 16, 2015
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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 26, 2017

Q. Yard xeriscaped with gravel

Hello,
I work with a property management company in Austin, TX. One of our properties was xeriscaped with gravel and over the course of a year, many weeds and plants have come up through the gravel. I’d like to know how to advise the owner and tenants of the proper way to maintain the yard moving forward. I’m attaching photos of before and after.
Thank you for any advice you may have!
Regards,
Lillie Lee
Assistant Property Manager
High Fidelity Properties, LLC
P.O. Box 10743
Austin, TX 78766
512-910-4408

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 26, 2017
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A garden left with little or no maintenance can easily become overgrown and weeds will invade the landscape.
Identifying what is plant material and what is weed, is the first task that needs to be done.
Here are some great articles that will help you understand this type of landscape.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/xeriscape/the-truth-about-xeriscaping-common-misconceptions-exposed.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/xeriscape/the-gravel-myth-of-xeriscaping.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/xeriscape/xeriscape-solutions-for-common-landscape-problems.htm

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Asked by
Jannan on
July 7, 2017
northern Italy

Q. xeriscape plants

Never heard of the above. What are they exactly. I am looking for colourful flowering shrubs which can stand hot weather in summer and much colder and possibly frost in winter. I live in northen Italy in a mountainous region.

Answered by
DLarum on
July 8, 2017
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Xeriscape plants are plants for hot, dry, areas that experience periods of drought. These articles will help
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/xeriscape/

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Asked by
Rwh333 on
May 5, 2018

Q. Dry conditions

I have a rock face behind my villa in Spain. In order to stop soil erosion (and therefore rocks falling) I need to plant a climber to cover the rock face and stop the heavy rain reaching the soil underneath. The rock fave is 5 meters high and 6 meters wide. Daytime temperature in summer is up to 35 degrees. Winter is down to 8 degrees overnight. I don’t mind a climber or a trailer.
Any suggestions bearing in mind water for half the year is the main problem.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
May 5, 2018
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I'm assuming that this is celcius, otherwise, this would be quite hard to find plants that will stay in this cold of a climate! Ha ha! In reality, there are several options that you have here. You are in a prime area, and if you rarely experience frost, then you can, pretty much, plant anything that you want. Have you thought about kiwi or passion fruit? These articles will help you;

Kiwi articles: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/kiwi/

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/passion-flower/

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Asked by
Ardwyn on
August 14, 2018
Sevierville TN

Q. Shade and rock, what wii grow?

I have a yard that is mostly in shade except for winter. I am also on a top ridge of a hill that is mostly rock,with just a few inches of soil. I am also unable to do much work due to disability. I would like to plant annuals. What do you recommend. I am in the foothills of the smoky Mountains.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
August 15, 2018
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There are actually quite a few selections here! This article will help you to get started, and even offer perennial and shrubs choices for that spot: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/xeriscape/xeriscape-shade-plants-plants-for-dry-shade.htm

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Asked by
sharrona713 on
August 28, 2018
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Q. i have a rock garden but it is in the shade most of the day and my usual plants (russian sage, gilardia,etc) won\’t grow …i\

‘m t thinking evergreen tams but is there anything of color – oh i need deer resistent …please help

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 29, 2018
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Asked by
OMaggie on
December 12, 2018
92241

Q. OK I live out at Desert Edge. I started with a blank slate and this is the short verson of the 1st 2 yeaes spring to string.

I have lived here in the Desert for 50 years so I know a bit. Any suggestions would be a big help. Not sure where I want to end up! I have just been letting the plants run the show … kind of?!

Thanks,
Maggie

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BushDoctor on
December 12, 2018
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There are certainly several things that you can do here! This article will help get you started: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/desert-garden-ideas.htm

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