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Rocks for a low maintenance yard


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Remove your grass and replace it with rocks. No more lawn care. Is this the lawn of the future?


I
wrote a post about using rocks as a mulch
. A friend saw it, and asked if I thought he could get away with taking out all of his grass to be replaced with rocks. Sure you can, I replied. He countered that he bets that their is a law against it. None that I know of, and I have seen homes here in Houston with rock mulches instead of lawns. I think that your biggest concern would be your HOA (home owner’s association). Would you do it, he queried. No, I replied. Read the rest of this entry »

The Leaves are Falling; Time to Start a New Compost Pile


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I always have a compost pile going, but this year I would like to try something different.

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Should I Protect My Plants from a Freeze?


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We had our first freeze and snow in Houston, which means going out to protect our plants with row covers may be in order.

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Do You Use Rocks as a Mulch?


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Rocks and pebbles can make an attractive garden mulch in Houston, when you put as little thought into it.



Houston floods. It is a fact of life that is not always pleasant for my garden. I have placed mulches in various spots around my garden, only to see them washed away. I did not enjoy the idea of buying new mulch each year for all of my garden beds, particularly when I was trying to cut down on expenses. Using rocks and pebbles became my goal. Fortunately, there are many types to choose, which makes for some garden design a little more interesting. Read the rest of this entry »

Greetings

This site came out of my desire to write about my love of gardening, but also to connect it to my knowledge derived from home inspections. That is why I tied it to the home inspection site.If you have questions, you can email them to me (frank at yourhoustonhomeinspector.com). For home inspections, call 713.781.6090.
Happy gardening, Frank

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