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Old 03-23-2018, 04:14 PM
 
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Thinking about laying sod down in my small yard "rectangle shape" and then putting mulch around the edges. Not sure whether to lay sod down, mulch, or plants and mulch on the 1st first tier of retainer wall. Any ideas?
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Old 03-25-2018, 03:29 PM
 
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Adorable little ornament you have on your purple steps

So, the rectangle shape would be on the bottom level? That sounds good. The child would have a bit of grass, easy to mow. Nice outlines with mulch.

Do you get much runoff given the slope of your back yard?

So the question seems to be that first tier of the retaining wall, right? I'm thinking by first tier you meant the one at the bottom. I'd put in some good soil and put in whatever flowers of the season and mulch around that. Grass would be difficult to cut even though it's waste high. I wouldn't bother with grass in the tiers.

You could eventually explore vines, ivy trailing up or down if you like.
 
Old 03-25-2018, 05:49 PM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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Adorable little ornament indeed.

I'll second Petsandgardens suggestions as the most practical and easier to maintain.

I love your back yard. I love the stone work and the purple retaining walls and all the steps everywhere you look. It sets my imagination racing with visions of you eventually turning all of that into a back yard version of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Tumbling tomatoes down the retaining wall! Trailing strawberries! Clematis up the fence! There is so much potential there for something stunning that would knock your socks off every time you walk out and look at it.

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Old 03-25-2018, 06:36 PM
 
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I would look into no mow options since trying to mow that area is going to be a pain. You can look into ground covers. Dichondra is an option. If you want to keep the purple theme, you can look into creeping thyme.
 
Old 03-25-2018, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Upstate, NY
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Very interesting space. Personally, I like a patch of lawn. I think the little person might, too. It would be easy to cut with a bladed push mower. You could sod it, or just seed and water would do the trick if you have decent sun. My yard is still under two feet of snow.
 
Old 03-26-2018, 05:24 PM
 
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Thank you! I don't think i have much runoff from the slope and i like the idea of vines and ivy. This is oir fist home and neither of us know much about plants.
 
Old 03-26-2018, 05:29 PM
 
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Thank you, I just looked up the hanging garden of babylon and it looks amazing. The clematis looks like it would be a great addition
 
Old 03-26-2018, 05:40 PM
 
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Yes we went ahead and layed the whole area with sod and the edges look like they can be tricky to cut. Since the area is small so i may just use trimmers to cut them. We are new to the garden life and we have a tree that gives the yard some shade here in Southern California. Will this be an issue? Also how often and how long should i water the grass? Two days in and i water for 20 minutes at 0800 then for 5m at 1pm. Any pointers on keeping the sod afloat and green is appreciated
 
Old 03-26-2018, 05:42 PM
 
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I wish i knew about the no mow options before i layed the sod a few days ago. This will be a great option for us in the future. I will look into the creeping thyme asap
 
Old 03-26-2018, 05:48 PM
 
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Agree!

After being in the same situation previously the grass at first sounds great but in terms of maintenance and down the road it’s a mistake.

Last thing you ever want to do is rushing into something like this instead of taking your time and thinking it through.

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I would look into no mow options since trying to mow that area is going to be a pain. You can look into ground covers. Dichondra is an option. If you want to keep the purple theme, you can look into creeping thyme.
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