The Q&A Archives: Dirt and Rocks

Question: My back yard is dirt and rocks. I don't know how to start turning my yard to an outdoor living. How/What do I need to start?

Answer: I'd start small (sketch your dream backyard out on paper) and work around the yard one bit at a time. You may want flower or vegetable beds, a few trees for shade or maybe a patio and BBQ. Work one small area at a time, raking out the gravel, amending the soil with organic matter and planting. It may take a while but I think you'll end up with the yard of your dreams. Don't forget to check some books out at the library. There are lots of them devoted to Southwest Gardening and all will include plants adapted to growing in the Valley of the Sun. Enjoy your project!

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