This is my first post.
I decided I wanted to xeriscape 3/4 of my yard, put in native drought tolerant plants, and mulch, and not need to deal with grass -- mowing, watering, fertilizing and so on. I will just keep the grass in the fenced in back yard where the dogs are, where I enjoy sitting out.
I started working on this about 4 weeks back- I wasn't doing much but sitting around recovering from total knee replacement (Left was Jan 20, I don't even think about that one any longer, Right was Jun 1, still icing and elevating!) And I figured it would keep me busy for 5 or 6 weeks. So I did lots of research. Developed my list of plants. Took photos of each section of the yard. Developed plot maps showing where each plant will go. Read up, seems instead of digging out / removing the lawn, you can set down 5 sheets of newspaper, then put your 4 inches of mulch on top, and that will stop the grass and weeds from growing. Found some of my plants on sale at Lowe's and bought them!
The garden center near me held a free class on Xeriscaping 2 weeks ago - how appropriate! So I went to that. We were 22 in the class, which was an hour and a half long. I was the only one with sheets of maps and plot charts, so he ended up using my stuff quite a bit. We were there for 3 HOURS!! A few folks had to leave, most remained. And I got plenty of fine tuning to my plan!!!! Before I left, I asked him who he would suggest I use to put the stuff in. He gave me one name. So far, so good. Thanks to that sale at Lowe's, I have 28 plants in pots ready to go!
And I made an amazing discovery: I am NOT 30 years old any more!!! I tried digging the holes. HA! With severe drought conditions, the land is like concrete. And my knees aren't as far along as I need them to be for this job! NOW WHAT?!
So I phoned the one landscape company I had from the class, he returned my call next day. He only works in NH (which is where the garden center is located), he does not come in to Massachusetts. I asked him for referrals; he only made one, he said there is a long list of people he would NOT want working on my property. So I called that one company. Next I went to a garden center here in MA, further away, and got referrals from them. Came home and phoned them. In all, I called and left messages with 5 companies on Aug 23. NO ONE returned my calls!!! I called the first company again and finally got to talk to him, he came yesterday afternoon Sept 1, to see what my job is. He also talked about installing the water drip irrigation; I was going to use soaker hoses. I didn't really understand the difference, but I said OK. He will have an estimate for me end of NEXT WEEK, and he is scheduling work for the last week of September. I still have 28 plants in pots!!!!
Today I called the NH garden center; I had stopped in there on Tuesday of this week and one of the plants I need they had none left; they had 17 the day of the class. Today's phone call I asked about that plant - they are out for the season!
What do I do, go buy all the rest of the plants I want and have them sitting here try to keep them alive? I don't even know how much this job is going to cost me yet!!
Now, the NH garden center recommends the Dramm soaker hoses. The landscaper I met with yesterday uses Netafin. Well, Netafin has one water drip every 18 inches. The Dramm soaker hose sweats water all around the entire hose. I have an 80 foot stretch where we will have 3 rows of plants (it is a Southern slope). Most of those plants need to be 12 inches apart. I can't see how water every 18 inches is going to work there! The Netafin system uses water at 40 psi, while the Dramm soaker hose needs just 30 psi. So all the add ons - the timer, the water flow adjuster, the connectors - will be for the Netafin not the Dramm.
I am so confused I have no idea what to do or not do next!!!