anti-gardener
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Location: Victoria, BC

First time landscaper in Victoria, BC

Hi there,

I'm a first time gardener here in Victoria, looking for much needed advice on turning my poorly maintained yard into a beautiful low maintenance garden. The previous owners had large dogs who had their way with the yard. After a few years of fighting allergies, I'm now ready to beautify my yard with the help of allergy shots!

The doodle below should give you a good idea of what my yard is at the moment. My zone is 7, parts of the yard has full sun and shade.

Ideally I'd like to replace the lawn with rocks, ground cover and plants (native plants preferably). Nothing fancy, just something nice to look at while we're bbq-ing.

Any help would be great!

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opabinia51
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I to live in victoria, and if you are looking to replacing the grass with rock, the sure fire way to rid yourself of grass is to dig it up and lay black and white newspaper over the area that it used to cover, then you can lay rock over that area.

You could try laying several layers of black and white newspaper over the grass but, be prepared to have some shoots poke through.

I'm going to try to detur you away from using any chemicals like Round Up (see thread in the "what doesn't fit elsewhere" forum) or other herbicides as most if not all of the runoff from Victoria goes straight into the ocean.

Also, chemicals are only a short term solution and you will become dependant on using them when a little hard work will give you a solution that will last for years with a little poking a prodding here and there.

anti-gardener
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Thank you very much for the tips. I have no intentions of using any chemicals to rid my yard of grass. I'd much rather dig it up or lay down b&w newspaper as you've mentioned.

My idea was to dig up the grass in areas where I will be planting small plants and ground cover. The remaining grass will be smothered with newspaper under gravel, rock or mulch.

Can you recommend some good native plants?

Newt
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Hi Anti-gardener,

Welcome to The Helpful Gardener. Congratulations on your new home! I was also glad to read that you don't want to use chemicals. :) If you have large areas to remove the sod from you could rent a sod cutter. There's a power and a kick cutter.

The [url=https://www.wildaboutgardening.org/en/attracting/]Canadian Wildlife Federation[/url] has some info that you should find helpful.

Here's the Native Plant Society of British Columbia
https://www.npsbc.org/

Native Plant Study Group in Victoria. Click on 'About Native Plants' at the top.
https://www.npsg.ca/

UBC Botanical Garden has info on native plants.
https://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/garden/native.php

Newt

anti-gardener
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Thank you Newt! I will definitely checkout those links you provided. Do you know if there is a website that lists allergy friendly plants and ground covers? I'd hate to plant something that will cause me grief down the road.

I'll look into renting a sod cutter locally. Maybe opabinia51 can recommend a tool rental shop. :D

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