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Old 05-17-2013, 07:48 PM
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what should I do about this new yard?


Ok..so as most of you know, I just moved into a new house a few months ago. Well my new yard is beautiful..with beautiful flowers and trees I am descovering everyday. Well, my yard has a few large and nice flower beds but the person who lived here before me did not take.care of it well. My flowers are coming up on time..but so.is the grass! I have been trying to figure out what to do about this. I do not want to cultivate the.grassy spots as I am worried that I may disturb any flowers that may be on their way up. The gardens all have bulbs as well as non bulb perennials. I have.already cultivated a section of it and I feel that I may have disturbed some things.
Anyways, I thaught about laying cardboard over the spots but don't want to keep all that light from the areas in case I have something coming up.

Should I go get some mulch? Any ideas?
Also, when is the best time to dig up and move bulbs and perennials?

Thanks for any advice I can get!

I would like to the gardens maintained so I can get back to my blog!
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:20 PM
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Fall is when to dig up bulbs and perennials. But you can mark where the bulbs are and when the foliage dies move them where you want them. I've moved bulbs up until a week or so ago. If you are worried the bulbs wouldn't do well or that you don't know where to put them put them in a pot till fall. It's to hot here to move perennials, which can also be moved in February or march but if I were you I would wait till October or November.

Mulch, no not right now. Cause you will just end up with mulched weeds and grass.
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:54 PM
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I thaught that fall was moving time! And I have weeded the garden...just have grass. Is there.anything I can do to make it look better?
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:25 PM
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Plant some ice plant, it's a great ground cover. It will choke out grass after a while. It's beautiful when it blooms, too. It only gets a coupe or three inches high, it spreads but if you don't like where it's at tear off a clump and move it. If you want more of it, a broken leaf stuck in the dirt will grow and make a plant. You don't have to pot it at all just stick it the dirt. There's someone on here trying to get rid of some, see if they still have any.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:24 PM
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Instead of cardboard put down layers of newspaper and mulch over the newspaper. Several layers of paper will kill the grass but bulbs and other perennials can make their way through it if they are in the ground.
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Thanks bob! I will do that!
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