A little Spring Update with Garden Tiles

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A little Spring Update with Garden Tiles

A little Spring Update with Garden Tiles

Spring has FINALLY arrived here in Michigan.  It seems like we had the longest winter ever.  Yesterday we decided to get out and tackle an area of the yard that has been neglected.  The side-yard.

Our side-yard is visible from the front yard and is a bit ugly.

The before picture

The before picture

  This area does not get much water or sun and ground is pretty sandy.  Last year we pulled all the weeds, added some compost and planted a few hostas.  This year I wanted to do something more.  The landscaping here needs to be very low maintenance.  While wandering through the nursery at Lowes, I came across a new product.

Succulent Garden Tiles

Succulent Garden Tiles

These garden tiles are a mixture of fast growing succulent plants.  The “tile” is 10 x 20 inches.  The instructions say to lay them on loose or recently tilled soil for best results.  They are already growing in fiber matting that anchors the roots until the plant becomes established.  They can grow in shade or full sun and are hardy to -25 F.  They can be planted as is for instant full coverage or cut into 5 inch squares, placed 12 inches apart and allowed to grow and fill in the space.  They need watered periodically for the first 2 weeks, but natural rainfall and occasional watering during the summer months is all they need.  They can be pruned as desired, or you can even use a lawn mower set to high once or twice a season.  It doesn’t get much easier than that!

A close-up

A close-up

Aren’t they pretty?  I love the different colors and textures.

We decided to spread ours out and let them grow in.  The Garden Tiles cost $14.99 each.  Not too bad when you cut them into the 5 inch squares.  The cost then comes out to $1.87 each.  Here is a picture of our finished product.

Side Yard with Garden Tiles

Side Yard with Garden Tiles

It doesn’t look like much yet, but it already looks better.  I’m looking forward to watching everything grow and fill in.  We added some simple brick paths up to the meters for the utility workers too.
I will update with more pictures later in the season.  We are thinking of adding a dry creek bed on this side of the house too.


6 thoughts on “A little Spring Update with Garden Tiles

  1. I’m consider using these tiles in my flower bed. Do you have a recent picture of your project? Thanks for the idea.

    • Gloria,
      Michigan is just barely starting to see signs of Spring 🙂 I don’t have a recent picture, but I will take one as soon as all the plants start waking up. They have spread out a bit, but have not fully filled in. I left quite a bit of space in between my squares. I’m happy with them, but wish I would have purchased more squares and put them closer together.

  2. Tanya,
    Look forward to seeing your picture. I’m in TX, spring is in full swing here. I’m planning on planting these in a full sun area, no shade, hope they will withstand the 110 degree weather. Once again thank you and look forward to seeing your pic.

    • There are so many varieties of succulents that do well in full sun. I sure wish I could plant some of them here. They are drought resistant, which is good for me because I tend to forget to water 🙂 It just gets too cold in the winter here for most of them to survive. We’ve had snow, sun and rain so far this week. The temperatures are pretty consistent in the 40’s and 50’s now though, so there is hope!

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