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Old 02-16-2017, 05:20 PM
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Thanks! Do you mind sharing who helped with the project (landscaper)?

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Old 02-16-2017, 05:39 PM
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I hope this all rock thingy doesn't catch on. I think The Villages is absolutely beautiful and that is reason in itself to not use all rock.
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Old 02-16-2017, 05:50 PM
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Thanks! Do you mind sharing who helped with the project (landscaper)?
We just used our regular lawn guy to get rid of the grass. He was going to use a turf stripper that takes out the top few inches in rolls, but that would have required replacing with a lot of topsoil so we opted for him just to "scrape" out the grass instead. Have had no problems with grass growing through.
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If you have all rocks be sure there is a clear space all around the part of the plant that goes in the ground.

We have all rock beds and have a one foot diameter clear spot for plants and bigger for trees. The roots need to breathe and it also keeps the roots cooler.

To each his own.

As any plant originally put in dies we replace it with those native to the area. As the grass dies we keep extending the size of the rock beds.
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Old 02-16-2017, 09:28 PM
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Rocks are not a good mulch for plants. The landscape fabric also is not helpful for plant health and growth. "Florida Friendly Landscaping" calls for the use of an organic mulch such as pine bark, pine nuggets, or pine needles. If you look at the Villages landscaping or houses that use an organic mulch you often see much healthier plants than you do in rock mulched yards. Rocks are also hot in the summer. Rocks are good for a mulch in Southwest USA and Mexico where it is dry and hot. Many of the plants in that area like a rock mulch as it keeps their leaves dry and this is important as they rot easily. (Think cactus, agave, yucca, etc..) Here in Florida a natural mulch is organic and feeds the plants as well as provides a cool root zone which you don't get from the rocks.
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We have replaced our grass with Asian jasmine. No longer need green-up or weed-control and have reduced irrigation.
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We have all rock beds and have a one foot diameter clear spot for plants and bigger for trees. The roots need to breathe and it also keeps the roots cooler.
AF, if you have any pictures of the Asian Jasmine, I'd like to see them; (and also BTK's rock beds.)
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AF, if you have any pictures of the Asian Jasmine, I'd like to see them; (and also BTK's rock beds.)
Asian Jasmine is used extensively by The Villages and can be seen around trees along many MMPs. It is dark green and grows to around 6" high.

Photo is of our planting (eleven months ago) and original plants have filled in most of the area. Dead leaves are more prominent at this time of the year, and with the plants still being less than full height.
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You will need to go through the Architectural Review to have it approved. I think I've read somewhere where it's no longer accepted.
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:39 PM
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Asian Jasmine is used extensively by The Villages and can be seen around trees along many MMPs. It is dark green and grows to around 6" high.
Photo is of our planting (eleven months ago) and original plants have filled in most of the area. Dead leaves are more prominent at this time of the year, and with the plants still being less than full height.
AF, I'm fascinated. Please tell us more.
Do you live in a Courtyard Villa?
Do you have Asian Jasmine front and back?
Did you need approval from the ARC?
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AF, I'm fascinated. Please tell us more.
Do you live in a Courtyard Villa?
Do you have Asian Jasmine front and back?
Did you need approval from the ARC?
We live in a "normal" house, not a villa. The grass out front was patchy year-round, despite our having a regular gardener and using Massey green-up (probably because a lot of it was under a large tree) so, since we don't like the idea of putting chemicals into the water table anyway, we applied to the ARV to replace it with ground cover. The lady we spoke to in Lake Sumter was very enthusiastic and it was approved with no alteration to our original plan. In addition to Asian Jasmine there are a number of other Florida-friendly plants that can be used. If you want to attract rabbits, try mixing in some perennial peanut :-)
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