There’s a 20’ x 10’ strip where the grass is completely dead in my front yard between sidewalk and driveway. I don’t want to replace with new turf. It’s in total shade under a mammoth liveoak. So I’m thinking maybe large pavers with monkey grass in the spaces. I think this is something I could pull off, if not totally by myself, with some labor assistance. I’ve found a mail-order resource that sells mini-mondo for $.25 a sprig. I regret not bringing The Monkey with me from my last house—it was everywhere. And being a cheapskate, I hate to buy it, when it grows almost like a nuisance in many Austin yards. If you want any of your MG cleaned out let me know. My only concern is having too many different surfaces: concrete sidewalk, pavers, pea gravel drive. Perhaps I should demo the sidewalk and go total pavers?
After 10 years gardening on solid rock in Rollingwood, I moved into a 40's cottage in the North Loop area spring 2007. The little postage stamp yard is black clay and no one had ever dug a single flower bed. After visiting Key West a few years ago, I came back inspired by the little frame cottages, white painted railings, and rustling palm leaves. So the plan is: desert tropical cottage garden.