Q: Are there any shade-tolerant grasses?
A: Most grasses love the sun, but there are grasses that are tolerant of the shade. For the southern portion of the U.S., you can use St. Augustine grass, and for the northern part, fescues are good for shady places.
Q: What kinds of flowers and plants can I use to deter deer from using my garden as their personal grazing field?
A: There are many types of plants that deer just don’t like. Some common ones include hens and chicks (Sempervivum Tectorum), the sedum variety of plants, prickly pear cactus (Opuntia Compressa), lamb’s ears (Stachys Byzantine), among others. There are also many groundcovers that are deer resistant. Consult with the professionals here at Wild Flower Landscape & Design for more information.
Q. How much could I expect to spend on an outdoor kitchen?
A. The answer depends on your needs and the needs and habits of your family. If you cook outdoors only about once a week or so, a grill and an outdoor cabinet to store utensils and things out of the weather would probably suffice.
If you want to eat every meal possible outside, a full kitchen complete with refrigerator, counter, and outdoor TV might not be enough! The average family will spend somewhere between $3,000 and $15,000 just on the kitchen portion, but the effect is priceless.
After installation, you will not only enjoy your friends and family more, but you will be able to cook out and enjoy your yard more too!
Q. With the amount of irrigation water it takes to keep our big, beautiful lawn alive and well, we are concerned about what to do. What recommendations do you have for us?
A. It's a good question, especially when we're talking about a stately landscape dominated by thousands of square feet of turf. Many are turning to the artificial products, which can look fantastic, but have their own drawbacks. First, they are quite costly, and recovering that initial expense in water savings can take years.
Secondly, they are hot. There is no cooling effect when children and pets run and frolic on artificial turf lawns. The effect is more like playing on a warm carpet. So making the change to these products takes some real planning to make sure the choice is right for you and your family.
Whenever possible, reducing the amount of grass area by designing in more plants, trees, hardscape, and other use areas is a great way to go. Having the most efficient watering system and using it wisely is the balance of that equation.