A visitor need help to answer a question about garden DIY. I have an approximately 900sq/f grassy/flower bedded area in my back yard that has been long forgotten and long unloved. I’d like someone’s advice on a diy project that would entail planting new grass, starting a small garden and filling the small flower beds with perennials. I live in sunny, hot southern california.
my main questions are:
1. if I want to replace the dead, dry, burr-filled grass, do I need to take out what’s there, or do I plant new things above it?
2. what types of flowers are the easiest to care for in a dry, hot climate, and which will give me the most color variety? also, I need them to be ok near a pool.
3. lastly, is this an attainable project to complete in 200 dollars? I’ll do all the labor myself, and I already have the things for the garden, I just need flowers (preferably already grown, but I can start from seeds if needed) and grass seedlings/supplies.
Thanks so much in advance for the help!
Hi Kaelyn’s Mommy, In my humble opinion, with my experiences in garden DIY… here is my best answer.
Yes you need to take out the old grass before replanting. You will also need to amend the soil with mulch before seeding and use a topper after seeding. Native plants and flowers are always nice to use in the beds but there are so many to choose from it would be hard to recommend anything. I would just go to Home depot and see whats on sale. I think you could pull it all off for around $ 200. The plants will be the most expensive.
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