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Old 05-01-2018, 08:29 AM
 
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I'd like to do something with the front yard of the house we bought here so that's why I am noticing how others landscape. I find the rocks covering whole areas kind of depressing though. Adds to the dreary brown effect. Seems like even some spreading juniper ground covers would at least add some green and they seem to be fairly hardy. Still learning...like someone said, one small area at a time.
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Old 05-01-2018, 08:38 AM
 
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A gravel yard is still an improvement over irrigated turf. Both are boring and uncreative but the former doesn't require fertilization (releases very strong greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere), mowing (which is still mostly done with gas-powered machinery), and watering (predominately pumped over mountains in eastern Colorado). Most people don't want to spend a lot of time on gardening and yet they've been socialized to ignore the labor that goes along with maintaining a lawn. Perhaps we can all agree that yards are too big - the average lot in the US contains a lot of unused space that has to be filled with something.

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Old 05-01-2018, 08:48 AM
 
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The CSU xeriscaping web site I linked to earlier has a gallery of landscaping examples, if you're looking for inspiration. Some of them are mostly rock and hardscape, some of them have mixed traditional lawn and xeriscape plantings, some of them use native grass as ground cover, etc.

https://waterwiseplants.org/
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Old 05-01-2018, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Here in the Phoenix area we have massive amounts of rock landscaping. I have mostly rocks and some astroturf. The golf courses here mostly use reclaimed runoff water.
Whoa! Mike, are you in Phoenix now? My fella and I might wind up down there in a few years (he's got family there.)

It would be weird, you know, I'm from back east, ended up here, you go to Phoenix, it's like I'm following you or something!

lol
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Old 05-01-2018, 01:48 PM
 
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Whoa! Mike, are you in Phoenix now? My fella and I might wind up down there in a few years (he's got family there.)

It would be weird, you know, I'm from back east, ended up here, you go to Phoenix, it's like I'm following you or something!

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Old 05-02-2018, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Yea, I love it when someone dumps a ton of rocks in their yard and calls it Xeriscaping ������

Zeroscaping indeed.
If they keep the weeds out, it looks alright. It's not pretty or ugly. It's much better than homes that don't do any landscaping and have dead stuff and weeds all over.
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Old 05-02-2018, 09:17 AM
 
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If they keep the weeds out, it looks alright. It's not pretty or ugly. It's much better than homes that don't do any landscaping and have dead stuff and weeds all over.
Unless it's a yard full of dandelions.

We had a neighbor with a huge dandelion yard, mowing and watering it like normal.

It was probably 90% dandelions.
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Old 05-04-2018, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Unless it's a yard full of dandelions.

We had a neighbor with a huge dandelion yard, mowing and watering it like normal.

It was probably 90% dandelions.
Now that's just cool. A great positivist spin on turning a weed into a flower!
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Old 05-04-2018, 08:50 AM
 
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Now that's just cool. A great positivist spin on turning a weed into a flower!
Google says it's a REAL thing that people aspire to.
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Old 05-04-2018, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Well, they do bloom all summer long and aren't the worst looking flowers. Of course the stalks look like heck after they seed.

Back in the day before chemical treatment, by great grandparents would pull them out of the ground with a long fork device, trim the leaves off of them, and put them in salads with other garden greens. They added a taste similar to a spring mix salad.
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