Little House on the Suburban Prairie: Congratulations on your prairie project.

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Little House on the Suburban Prairie

By SongofJoy
February 16, 2012

America has become a nation of suburbs and now exurbs. There's no getting around it. More Americans live there than anywhere else these days. But does that mean we all need to have a parcel of ground with a solitary shade tree in the front yard and a patch of lawn to manicure? I hope not.

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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frostweed
Feb 16, 2012 9:11 AM CST
Working with native plants is such a wonderful experience!
Hunting for the plants you want wherever you can find them, giving and receiving plants from friends and acquaintances, making new friends at swaps.
Many of my plants have come from friends and they all have sweet memories attached to them.
I am sure you will have a great and rewarding time with your project.
Josephine.

This is part of my front yard this fall, no grass!

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 16, 2012 10:13 AM CST
I loved your article Tee.
I have been slowly turning my lawn into flowers, shrubs and small trees. Each year I do another section. I use drought tolerant native plants mostly. We have so many wonderful native plants here in Oregon.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Feb 16, 2012 10:29 AM CST
Thank you, Josephine. I really hope to get a lot done this year. Your front yard is wonderful. I probably should start out front, and I do think most people start there. However, everything I do faces the woods in the back so that's where I'm headed. I do hope that it's a good weather year for getting a lot done this year. Fingers crossed.

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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Feb 16, 2012 10:32 AM CST
Lynn, what I've seen of your yard is beautiful as well. I'm probably going to work by sections too. That is sort of how I've done with the perennials. And this year I'm hoping to add two or three (or maybe four) more trees in the back. I think I'd better rest up. Hilarious!
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Feb 16, 2012 11:05 AM CST
Great article Tee and good for you for planting the "lawn" in things you enjoy Thumbs up

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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Feb 16, 2012 3:36 PM CST
I really enjoyed your article, Tee! I love what you are doing, it's beautiful; and it sure beats that bermuda grass any day!
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Feb 16, 2012 3:55 PM CST
Thanks, Christine. Bermuda grass ... ack. Thumbs down
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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