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SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED – The Hands-On Handbook 4 LONG-TERM PAYBACK


Spread and wait. Depending on the season and your climate, you’ll want to wait six to eight weeks before beginning to replant the yard with drought-tolerant plants. *Image of the mulched and smothered lawn obtained from Google’s controversial street view program.


The author replanted the newly liberated yard with an olive tree, trailing rosemary and garden sage, along with other plants.


KEY DETAIL Lose the Edge


Lawn grasses will exploit any edge where they can get a toehold, so you’ll need to give them nowhere to grow. Dig a shallow trench around the entire perimeter of the new lawn-free area, and insert some permanent edging. For lowest maintenance, use brick, stone or recycled plastic.


Project courtesy of Robert Kiel; additional text by Christina Birchfi eld Continued on next page


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