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.
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.
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!
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.
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.