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  •  We did ours 9 years ago... (4+ / 0-)
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    cantelow, NoMoreLies, 6412093, mmacdDE

    ... in suburban Boston.

    Because many of the indigenous plants are kinda ugly (not, all, just some) we did put in climate-equivalent imports, mostly Korean breeds.  So we have no lawn on 2/3 of the property (the backyard is clover/grass/weeds on two levels, with a border fence and berry plants), waldstenia ternata as groundcover on the south side, vinca minor (bowes) on the east side and cranesbill geranium on the southeast corner, with larger plants implanted.  We have a planting bed on the southside for tomatoes and herbs, and pots around the property for flowers, herbs, and peppers.  

    Our watering bill is about a quarter of most, because we have two rainbarrels for ground irrigation and the plantings cover the ground rather than hardscape (the driveway slopes into the fence/rosebushes/waldstenia).  

    The people across the street have grass, sprinklers, and a landscaping service that comes by twice a week.  They're spending a fortune.  I'm not.

    •  As long as the non-natives aren't thug (1+ / 0-)
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      invasives that run rampant via seed or rootstock, they are ok to plant. I do have some of these types in my plant beds at home. The plants, native or non-native should also be sourced (propagated and grown) locally to reduce the chance of importing hitchhikers:  diseases, insects or weed plants in the root ball that aren't already in your area.

      Obviously native species are better as habitat, but non-native, non aggressive species are a definite improvement over monocultural turf lawn.

      Trickle Down Economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower.

      by NoMoreLies on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 05:51:12 PM PST

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    •  I have a tough time (0+ / 0-)

      meeping stuff well-watered in outdoor pots. They dry out so quick.

      Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

      by 6412093 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:37:16 PM PST

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