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The Goal is to relax in the Garden. LOW Maintenance is not NO Maintenance. PLAN, PLAN, PLAN AHEAD Site Lifestyle Needs Desires Reality Tolerance. SITE ANALYSIS. Sun /shade Wind Soil Hardscapes Trees Neighbor ‘s Flow Try to watch over 4 seasons. Do a soils test.

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LOW

Maintenance

is not

NO Maintenance



SITE ANALYSIS

  • Sun /shade

  • Wind

  • Soil

  • Hardscapes

  • Trees

  • Neighbor ‘s

  • Flow

  • Try to watch over

  • 4 seasons


Do a soils test
Do a soils test

  • Learn what type of soil you are dealing with

  • What it needs to be feed

    GENERAL RULE

    #1 COMPOST, COMPOST COMPOST



Right plant right place1
RIGHT PLANT RIGHT PLACE

  • Place plants that

  • cohabitate

  • Watch hardscapes

  • Layer

  • Keep flow going



FILLIT IN


KEY STEPS TO GOOD SOIL PREP

  • AMEND SOILS WITH CLEAN COMPOST

  • GOOD SOIL INTERGRATION

  • SHEET MULCHING for Bed preparation = Less labor





Mulch mulch mulch
MULCH,MULCH,MULCH

  • MULCH

  • MULCH

  • MULCH

  • MULCH

  • MULCH



Know thy pest
KNOW THY PEST

  • Is it a weed

  • Is it a slug

  • Is it a bug

  • Is it a worm

  • Is it a pathogen/disease


Verticillium Wilt

Leaf Rollers



Hairy bittercress wintercress
HAIRY BITTERCRESS/ WINTERCRESS

  • Annual weed

  • Flowers in the winter with seed heads at the same time, YIKES

  • Does have a tap root

  • Edible

  • Hand weed

  • Sheet mulch


Dandeloin
DANDELOIN

  • Perennial

  • Deep taproot

  • Edible

  • Hand pull, but get all of the root

  • Burn out

  • Hot water treatment


Chickweed stellaria media
CHICKWEEDStellaria media

  • Winter annual

  • Loves Turfgrass

  • Shallow, fibrous root

  • Hand pull

  • Sheet much


Oxalis red wood sorrel
OXALIS, Red Wood Sorrel

  • Perennial

  • Flowers in the summer time

  • Stoloniferous roots

  • Seeds can shoot up to 13 feet. YIKES

  • Dig out

  • Burn out

  • Hand pull before seed heads set


Japanese knotweed
JAPANESE KNOTWEED

  • YIKES

  • Perennial

  • Spreads by rhizomes and seed

  • Inject the stem with an herbicide



Key tips
KEY TIPS

  • KNOW YOUR GRASS

  • CUT SHORT IN SPRING and RAISE THE BLADES ALL YEAR LONG

  • HIGHER GRASS 1.5” to 2.5” REQUIRE LESS WATER AND LESS MOWING

  • Lime in spring and fertilize with ORGANICS


Pruning
PRUNING

  • PICK THE RIGHT PLANT FOR THE RIGHT PLACE

  • DON’T FIGHT NATURE

  • DON’T Ball and box

  • KNOW when the right time to prune




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