green space not lawn

Asked March 12, 2020, 3:27 PM EDT

I need advice on planning 1/2 my front lawn in green space( grasses not too high and native plants. How do I control the grass lawn and give the new plants time to grow? Do I need mulch? Suggestions for low plants that are deer resistant. I have planted Junipers in front of my house. I could line the sidewalk with low growing junipers as well.

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

Hello. There are several great resources available to help guide you in a project like this. For starters, take a look at this piece about Conservation Landscaping Techniques, which outlines a basic process for planning and designing a garden that incorporates native plants, https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DEP/Resources/Files/downloads/rainscapes/fact-sheets/ConservationLandscapingTechniques.pdf

There are several options for removing turfgrass and creating a planting area,
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/lawn-turfgrass-removal-methods

There are a variety of low-growing Junipers available. It is essential that they have a location with well-draining soil; they do not like areas that tend to stay wet. They like full sun as well.

This page has recommended native and ornamental grasses, https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/ornamental-and-native-grasses-landscape

And here are some deer-resistant native plant options for sun or shade,
https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/water/Resources/Files/rainscapes/12_Deer_Resist_Plants.pdf

You can find sources for native plants and plant sales listed at the Maryland Native Plant Society website,
https://mdflora.org/plantsales.html
https://mdflora.org/nurseries.html

After you install plants, yes, you can put a light layer of mulch (~2") around them to help control weeds while the plants get established an fill in. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/mulch

Christa