Zeroscaping to Xeriscaping – Gardening in Colorado Springs, Part 3
After watching the weather closely for the past week, I decided that today was the day. For the next 10 days, the daily low is expected to stay above 35 degrees and in this area they recommend planting annuals after Mothers Day. So, I gathered all the plants that I have purchased and received in the mail and laid them out in the garden according to the plan. Then I began the back breaking process of actually planting the plants. I planted 40 plants in the garden and planted my large planters with 32 additional plants, yes that is 72 plants in all. I still have three plants on back order, two are rather large plants, so I still have some obvious holes. But I think it turned out great.
Now is the most difficult part, patience. Waiting for the plants to take root and grow. Unfortunately, it doesn't happen over night. I have a tendency of walking my garden nightly to watch the progress, the neighbors think I am nuts, after all how fast does a tree grow?
The original plan was to put 2-3 inches of rock down as the mulch. Now I'm debating if I want to use rock. I'm thinking that it will make it too difficult to transplant plants or plant new ones. Our thought was that the rock would help to deter the voles (see Zeroscaping to Xeriscaping Part 1), but feeling pretty confident that we won that battle, I'm leaning toward bark mulch. The problem with bark is that we get some pretty strong winds that disturb the bark and throws it in the yard.
Any suggestions for a different type of mulch?
Part 1 - Zeroscaping to Xeriscaping - Gardening in Colorado Springs
Part 2 - Zeroscaping to Xeriscaping - Gardening in Colorado Springs
Part 4 - Zeroscaping to Xeriscaping - Gardening in Colorado Springs
Part 5 - Zeroscaping to Xeriscaping - Gardening in Colorado Springs