Florida Gardening forum: Looking for suggestions to replace my last few square feet of grass.

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Mar 11, 2013 5:54 PM CST
For years I have been nibbling at our 'lawn' until we are left with roughly a 6-8 ft wide strip bordering the road. This grass is not good looking, and hard to maintain, and we are considering just getting rid of it altogether. I'd love to hear suggestions from those of you who have done something similar.
I'm open to suggestions of both a different type of planting (maintenance free), or a hardscape for that area.
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
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Budgielover
Mar 18, 2013 8:27 AM CST
I use perienniel peanut but unless you buy alot of it, it takes time to spread. I heard mimosa is good to.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
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Dutchlady1
Mar 18, 2013 8:43 AM CST
Thanks Jan! I thought this thread had vanished.
We have decided to go with gravel in the main area, offset by a few beautiful bromeliads or maybe Agaves, and the side areas get packed with smaller bromeliads and then mulched.
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
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Budgielover
Mar 18, 2013 8:50 AM CST
I use the p.peanut in a strip between the sidewalk and street that's about 3 ft wide by 50 ft long. The city is picky about what's planted on the right of way area. The rest of my front yard is beds and mulch. Personally, I don't care for gravel but if it has enough plants in it, it can be downplayed.

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
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Dutchlady1
Mar 27, 2013 2:54 PM CST
Here is the result....Thumb of 2013-03-27/Dutchlady1/fdaf28
Thumb of 2013-03-27/Dutchlady1/dbf41b
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Mar 28, 2013 8:44 AM CST
Looking great but I see a few more spots between the mailbox and the urns that are begging for some plummies. LOL
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
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Dutchlady1
Mar 28, 2013 11:30 AM CST
Actually, that is city easement so I will have to restrain myself Hilarious! . Jan I think you know me too well.
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Mar 29, 2013 4:44 AM CST
From one addict to another, I plant on the easement. I look at it as a viable excuse to get more plants if they need to come out for any reason. Whistling
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Apr 6, 2013 8:28 PM CST
Looks great Hetty! Thumbs up
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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Dutchlady1
Apr 7, 2013 4:12 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
Name: Jim Cook
South Florida
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jimsned2
Apr 21, 2013 6:06 AM CST
Hetty, Thank you so much for posting the pictures, one question----do you have any problems with cars going by and hitting the rocks along the edge? I often have cars pull over out front and park with wheels on the grass, that would be my only objection to doing exactly what you did. Hmmm, maybe I could put spikes Whistling every fith rock or so huh? wonder if I would get sued.

Name: Jim Cook
South Florida
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jimsned2
Apr 21, 2013 6:08 AM CST
Oh, I forgot; you need a bird bath to finish the whole thing off. Can't forget our feathered friends!

Name: Jim Cook
South Florida
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jimsned2
Apr 21, 2013 6:44 AM CST
Hetty, now I gotta bug ya Whistling It looks like your neighbor has a drive next to your gravel (stone) lawn, is there any point where his lawn abuts yours? It there is, what did you use to keep the stone off his lawn? Gotta tell you I really love the look. Did you kill off the grass and put plastic down before the stone? I've heard that in Arizona folks use green stone and wonder if dyed stone would lose it's color? So far do you have any regrets? Any suggestions, lessons you learned from the experience that you might want to pass on? Thanks again for posting.

Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
May 26, 2013 9:56 PM CST
I love the look of your garden Hetty! Any update now that the plumerias are blooming? I'm also curious if weeds can grow in between the rocks. Beautiful rock garden though, looks like you have a maintenance free yard.
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 6, 2013 6:47 AM CST
Hello Hetti,

I was just backtracking and came across this thread. Seeing your yard really puts your Plumeria collection in vision......WoW! You do have some Plumerias and then some. It must be absolutely beautiful when they are all in leaf and blooming!

I tip my hat to you. Hurray! Is That a Poincianna in front with those large seed pods?
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
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Dutchlady1
Sep 6, 2013 8:18 AM CST
Thank you - and yes it is.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Sep 6, 2013 9:33 AM CST
jimsned2 said:Hetty, Thank you so much for posting the pictures, one question----do you have any problems with cars going by and hitting the rocks along the edge? I often have cars pull over out front and park with wheels on the grass, that would be my only objection to doing exactly what you did. Hmmm, maybe I could put spikes Whistling every fith rock or so huh? wonder if I would get sued.

If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Sep 6, 2013 9:34 AM CST
jimsned2 said:Hetty, now I gotta bug ya Whistling It looks like your neighbor has a drive next to your gravel (stone) lawn, is there any point where his lawn abuts yours? It there is, what did you use to keep the stone off his lawn? Gotta tell you I really love the look. Did you kill off the grass and put plastic down before the stone? I've heard that in Arizona folks use green stone and wonder if dyed stone would lose it's color? So far do you have any regrets? Any suggestions, lessons you learned from the experience that you might want to pass on? Thanks again for posting.


Hetty, bumping Jim's questions. I'd be interested in those answers, too. Smiling
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'

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