I'm 64, have mild asthma and mowing aggravates it. I'm also a little short of
breath. I guess lung capacity diminishes with age.
We own this home in the Denver area and like living here, I'm just not so
into moving anymore and can't afford to pay someone else to.
So we're interested in what to replace the lawn with, that will look natural
and nice, and not cost much to do.
We can put in a drip system for the plants and trees.
What is your climate?
What do you want to do with the area?
Will it need to handle foot traffic?
How big is the area?
Is the area fairly flat, variable, mountainous, steep......?
Do you require a living ground cover?
Cinquefoil (Potentilla neumanniana) will grow in the Denver area. It is
a dark green ground cover with yellow flowers in the spring and summer.
It might show some damage in the winter, but Sunset says it recovers
quickly. In my area (much milder winters than Denver), it is evergreen
through the winter.
In my back yard, it grows quite densely (but only about 2 inches thick)
and is a true ground cover. In my front yard, I have not been able to
get it to spread.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
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