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Old 07-24-2010, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I'm planning to buy a house in the mountains (7500' - 8000') and was wondering how people maintain their "yards". A lot of the places I look at are 1-3 acres and basically have no yard, just wild grass. How do you maintain the area near the house? Just a regular mower, riding mower, some kind of brush clearing thing? Or is it easier just to put in a regular lawn close to the house and leave the rest alone?
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Old 07-25-2010, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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I'm planning to buy a house in the mountains (7500' - 8000') and was wondering how people maintain their "yards". A lot of the places I look at are 1-3 acres and basically have no yard, just wild grass. How do you maintain the area near the house? Just a regular mower, riding mower, some kind of brush clearing thing? Or is it easier just to put in a regular lawn close to the house and leave the rest alone?
Too many unanswered questions here. Is your "yard" rocky, steep, etc.? Is it flat around the house? I personally like a "natural" yard but some residential areas will not permit that. If you are out in an area which has no regulations on that subject, if it was me, I would do what is pleasing to me.

All that leads to another question. Are you in an area where there is potential danger from forest fires? If you are, you need to keep your "plot" as clean as possible. If not, I would have a lawn around the house and mow with a regular mower, and let the rest grow natural. However, if you choose to keep the rest "under control" you should be able to do that with a string trimmer.

So, with that long answer to a short question; did I add to the confusion?
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:30 PM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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My parents have a small grass area, then the rest of their property is mainly flower beds and dirt. They have several large decks for outdoor living spaces. They cut down all the scrub brush to help prevent fires. My parents have been planting native grasses and flowers. Its working out really well.

My dad has a riding lawn mower with attachments so he can haul things, plow up areas, etc. It really saves him alot of time and labor. My dad is constantly raking up the pine needles and pine cones. He burns them in the fall and again in the spring.
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:59 PM
 
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I have friends who live up in the Sierras. Their "yard" is nothing but the pine trees and shrubs provided by Mother Nature. Because of the fire danger they rake up the pine needles around the house.
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Old 07-25-2010, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Way up north :-)
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We have 90 acres which is slashed bi-annually. A fenced area around the cabin is included in that but needs more regular maintenance than the slashing. We need a mower of some sort to keep the grass down, but we don't have too much leaf litter. If we lived there full-time we'd probably keep goats or something as lawn-mowers and milk/wool providers.
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Old 07-25-2010, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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If you haven't already, you might post on the Colorado Thread and see if any "locals" have any suggestions for you.
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