what to plant....updating front of house - Knowledgebase Question

coventry, Co
Question by lmateya
April 14, 2010
hi, i am in the process of (painstakingly) removing 15 year old plantings in the front of our home, it is a traditional colonial- & is in bad need of an update. I would like to see definetly some color as well as textures -maybe different grasses? however i am very inexperienced in this area and would much appreciate any suggestions! & i am also on a limited budget as i was laid off last fall.


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Answer from NGA
April 14, 2010

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Sounds like you're looking for ideas, but also for information on what plants grow best in your gardening region. Colorado State University has several publications to help you choose just the right plants depending upon exposure to the sun or the shade. Here's a list with bloom time and plant characteristics for a start: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/P...

You'll want to work the soil in each planting bed after removing the old plant material and prior to planting anew. Spread 3=4 inches of organic matter over the bed and dig it in to a depth of 8-10 inches. Compost or other organic matter will loosen the soil and help it hold water for the roots of your plants. Best wishes with your renovation project!

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