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Old 04-26-2011, 02:10 PM
 
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Plan to fence my small townhouse backyard.
It means no more grass cutting from the association.

It is slightly sloped area.
Wondering what to do with it if I do not want to bother to buy lawn mower and cut it since I will be out of town.

if cover it, which one is better? bark, pine needle, gravel, others?
Really have no idea which type is better.

Any ideas? thanks!!
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Winston-Salem
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My back yard was so bad I fenced it. But really you could look at a private garden type backyard. No grass.
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Have you cleared this with the HOA? If its a small fenced in area, you can buy a reel mower from Home Depot. Not too expensive and the green people will love you for it.
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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I would kill the grass, put down a weed barrier, add some type of stone or other covering, add 1'x1' (smaller or larger) stones or bricks or other decorations, and then plant random plants or tree's around the area.

This is assuming your HOA allows it.
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I agree with the killing the grass and putting down a weed barrier.

I like the feel of rubber shredded mulch. It doesn't lose it's color and is fine to walk barefoot on compared to stones or gravel which would obviously be harder.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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I am doing the same thing but I am adding flower beds. I will kill the grass, cover with barrier and then add some stones between blocks to give it a nice look. Look online for pictures of small back yards without grass and you will be amazed at what other people did.
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:00 PM
 
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I agree with the above. If it isn't a very large area, build some raised planting beds and cover the rest with pavers, brick or something similar. If your budget won't allow for the pavers, you could use pea gravel. The beds can be used for all sorts of plantings and they can be used to mitigate the slope as well. Also plant a tree for some shade.

If you do decide to get a mower, I recommend that you purchase a corded (not battery) electric lawn mower. They are relatively inexpensive, have zero maintenance, and will last forever.
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Durham UK
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Artificial lawn?

Short of that, weed barrier, gravel and pavers/rocks plus drought tolerant "architectural" plants.
Thinking hardier palms, grasses, cordyllines, succulents etc.
Some may need protecting from the frost in the winter, but if you're fencing with a tall solid fence and yard is small the fence and house will offer protection.
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