Zeroscaping to Xeriscaping – Gardening in Colorado Springs, Part 4
I'm DONE! At least for this season.
If you have been following my series on Zeroscaping to Xeriscaping, you understand the excitement of completing such a major project. Our motivation for redesigning our perennial garden in the backyard was to prevent the pocket gophers from eating all our plants. Part 1 below, describes how we installed a 6 inch by 12 inch trench along the fence and then filled it with gravel. Well, knock on wood, no sign of pocket gophers in our garden or backyard.
We did try the solar powered repellers for rodents, but don't waste your money, they didn't hold up. We tried 4 systems, and only one of the three lasted three weeks. Fortunately, we were able to get a refund from the online store.
Since my last update, I have replaced a couple plants that didn't seem to take. We also added a couple more larger plants and one or two bushes. Right now it still looks a little sparse, but with the recent heat, there is new growth on just about every plant.
Once we were confident that the pocket gophers were under control, we opted to put down the small redwood bark as the mulch. Originally, we were considering 2-3 inches of stone, but I was concerned that it would be difficult to work around the stone for transplanting and that it would be too hot for some of the more delicate plants. I'm not a big fan of the shredded bark, I guess I have moved too much in my lifetime, but also because it fades and turns gray and needs to be refreshed yearly. The small bark mulch always looks fresh with only having to refresh every couple of years due to decomposition. For this garden we put down 22 bags of the bark.
I'm very proud of the result and love to show it off to the neighbors. Now the big challenge is to stay away from the garden stores and give my plants a chance to mature and fill in.