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By Evelyn J. Hadden

With Beautiful No-Mow Yards, you could remodel your garden right into a livable backyard and convey nature's good looks into your life!

What has your excellent eco-friendly garden performed for you recently? Is it well worth the time, attempt, and assets you lavish on it? Armed with encouragement, suggestion, and state of the art recommendation from award-winning writer Evelyn Hadden, you could unlock your self at last!

In this final advisor to rethinking your backyard, Hadden showcases dozens of inspiring, green choices to that hard (and dare we are saying boring?) eco-friendly turf. alternate your garden for a full of life prairie or change it with a runoff-reducing rain backyard. change it for an interactive event backyard or convert it to a low-maintenance residing carpet.

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A prairie undergoes dramatic changes over the course of the year, and a prairie-style garden, even a small one, brings this same dynamism into your landscape. Here, little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) reaches its peak color in late fall, when most other perennials have dried or died back. Along the rock staircase up to their back gate, we mingled a variety of short native plants, including the early-flowering and charismatic prairie smoke (Geum triflorum); coralbells (Heuchera americana), with its softly glowing flowers and tidy mounds of leaves; junegrass (Koeleria macrantha) for its deep root network and spring showiness; the silvery creeping pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta); and blue-flowered harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) and flax (Linum lewisii).

Plant height is even more strictly limited near the street corner, where a rich blend of at least a dozen species, including partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata), hairy wood mint (Blephilia hirsuta), path rush (Juncus tenuis), wild petunia (Ruellia humilis), and hoary vervain (Verbena stricta), makes a thick, knee-high tapestry of color. Boulevard height and species restrictions are set locally; check with your city to find out what restrictions might apply to your own boulevard garden. Susan says additional plants that self-sow into the boulevard are mainly volunteers from her garden above, and she digs out or cuts down the ones that don’t meet the height restriction.

They have also evolved to take advantage of your local climate and will generally emerge, bloom, and set seed at the most effective time of year. Plants of the same species that come from other parts of the continent may not be able to reproduce in your garden, or to provide nectar when the pollinators need it most, or to build many of the other relationships that power a healthy ecological community. Though you may be tempted to pack your prairie with flowers, half or more of the individual plants should be grasses if your prairie is to have a long life.

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