Hello! I'm a new home owner in Dallas TX, and I don't know anything about nature
I'm looking for some tips and techniques to have a good looking property without making it a time-sink hobby.
#1: There's a framed arch in the side entrance to my back yard. Currently there are some dry-looking vines snaking up the sides and over the top. I've cleared everything obstructing the pathway. Is there something better to do here?
#2: There's a pathway through the shade of a fig tree on the other side of the house. Half of this is framed with stones and is mulched, then it stops and is parched bare (weedy) ground. I'm thinking of continuing the stones and mulching up until the grass line. Any tips on this, and tips on how to keep the weeds out?
#3: My back yard. I posted before (http://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/vi ... 32&t=64199) about whether or not the plants in the sectioned-off periphery of my yard were weeds. The consensus was yes. About half of the periphery is un-mulched and covered in weeds, but I kind of like the look. Is there any danger here or reason I shouldn't keep it how it is (trimming it under control a bit)?
Half of the periphery is mulched and I've cleared weeds. I'm not sure what to do here, but want something relatively simple with low future maintenance. Should I decorate this space somehow, or plant something?