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Old 06-05-2008, 02:36 PM
 
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I have a very tiny front yard that is a mix of grass, weeds, clover, and dirt bare spots. I don't want to maintain it and worry about the shady areas that won't grow grass... so I thought about planting Asiatic Jasmine as groundcover.

So, has anyone done this?

How long does it take to get established? How many would I need to plant and how close together?

Do I have to remove everything else first (the assorted weed/grass/clover mix)? Any ideas for an easy way to do that?
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Old 06-05-2008, 03:31 PM
 
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I can't answer your questions specifically... except to tell you that we have asiatic jasmine in 2 areas in our front yard and we're really pleased! Also, I've seen what you're talking about done and think (as long as it gets mowed down 1x year) it looks really nice.

GL!
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Old 06-05-2008, 04:28 PM
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We have it around a tree and climbing a fence. IIRC, it took about two years to completely fill in and look nice. I'm sure the more plants you put in, the faster it will establish.

Except for keeping it confined to the area you want it in, it's the closest thing to a zero-maintenance ground cover you'll find.
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Old 06-05-2008, 04:29 PM
 
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Hmm, will have to look into this.
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Old 06-05-2008, 04:58 PM
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Hmm, will have to look into this.
It's everywhere in San Antonio, in part because it's so easy to grow here. Unless, of course, you're me. I had a patch of weedy dirt that I wanted to put Asian Jasmine in--so I bought about 25 of the little 4" pots, planted them after I got the weeds out of the space, and then I must have drowned them. It's the only thing I can think of that may have killed them.

Now we just have a nice bricky decorative platform for the birdbath. No jasmine.

Moral=I don't think they need much water.
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Old 06-05-2008, 05:03 PM
 
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It's everywhere in San Antonio, in part because it's so easy to grow here. Unless, of course, you're me. I had a patch of weedy dirt that I wanted to put Asian Jasmine in--so I bought about 25 of the little 4" pots, planted them after I got the weeds out of the space, and then I must have drowned them. It's the only thing I can think of that may have killed them.

Now we just have a nice bricky decorative platform for the birdbath. No jasmine.

Moral=I don't think they need much water.
LOL, awww! We rent a house but it came with an ugly yard. There is some grass. What happens if I plant it where the grass is? Will it take over? Do I have to get rid of the grass first? Are the plants pricey?
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:45 PM
 
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I was just looking at a house today with this covering in front and it looked great! I think it grows really easy here.

I just spent too much money at Rainbow Gardens today....this is getting addicting.
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:47 PM
 
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I was just looking at a house today with this covering in front and it looked great! I think it grows really easy here.

I just spent too much money at Rainbow Gardens today....this is getting addicting.
Is there a Rainbow Gardens by you? The only one I know of is on Bandera Rd.
And you are absolutely right, gardening is very addicting!!
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:51 PM
 
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Is there a Rainbow Gardens by you? The only one I know of is on Bandera Rd.
And you are absolutely right, gardening is very addicting!!
No, nothing in my neck of the woods, but I work about 6 miles from the one on Bandera Rd, so decided to check it out.

I had gotten a bunch of stuff at Fanick's last weekend, but they didn't have a few things I really wanted. It's a good thing Rainbow Gardens is not convenient for me.

There is another location on Thousand Oaks I think.

I'm trying to revitalize 1/4 acre of dirt/weeds that have been neglected for far too long. It's a lot of work, but fun. While I was planting today a lawn service guy came by and offered his card, told me he could 'do these things.' While I appreciate his desire to find work, I had to say No Thanks. I actually *like* this!
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Old 06-05-2008, 09:29 PM
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Gardening is awesome! Rainbow Gardens is one of my favorite places--sometimes I just go to browse, and read the plant info they have posted. It's so peaceful there....and I also love to walk around the Garden Center just down the road at Bandera and Prue.

One plant is pretty--when you walk up to a nice display of 30 of the same beautiful flowering plant it just makes such an impact! That's why I love when the Garden Center has their bogies out on the huge hanging display--they are breath-taking. Such a huge splash of hot pink!
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