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GBDW – Covering the Ground Wrap-Up

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Many thanks to this month’s contributors for sharing lots of ideas and helpful how-to tips on getting rid of grass, choosing and using mulches, and selecting gorgeous groundcovers for multi-season interest. Let’s get right to them!

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Covering with Combinations

1 Bonnie-and-BingCovering ground has long been a gardening obsession of mine. By that, I mean covering ground with something other than lawn. Every year, we have less grass than the year before, although the lawn I maintain for my dogs is safe. They couldn’t survive without essential sections for throwing Frisbees and tennis balls.

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Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop – Covering the Ground

Delosperma cooperi Artemisia abrotanum June 25 07

In past Design Workshops, we’ve talked a good bit about vertical design elements, such as walls, fences, trellises, and screens. This month, let’s take a look at the horizontal plane: the various ways we gardeners handle the “floor” of our outdoor spaces.

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GBDW – Garden Benches Wrap-Up

Diagonal path late Aug 06

[Note: We hope to post the Picture This results in the next day or two. Sorry for the delay, folks.]

Thanks to all who joined us as readers and/or writers for this month’s Design Workshop. In case you missed any of the contributions, here’s a run-down of this month’s links.

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Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop – Garden Benches

Adirondack bench in courtyard Oct 09

I always feel a little sad when I hear a gardener say: “I don’t bother with benches in my garden. I have so much to do, I don’t have time to sit down.” Granted, I understand the sentiment, especially at this time of year. There’s pruning and planting and transplanting and dividing and weeding…and, and, and…everywhere you look. Even if you do end up near a bench by chance, you’re more likely to notice that it needs painting than to rest on it. But once the spring rush has slowed down, it’s a treat to have a place to plunk yourself down for at least a few minutes: to watch the bugs and birds, listen to the rustling grasses, and admire the results of all of your hard work.

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