Should You Use Weed Barrier Fabric?

Weed fabric in cactus garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

No doubt you’ve seen black fabric laid over bare soil with holes cut out for plants. But how important is it to use weed barrier fabric, really? What are the do’s and don’ts?

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See a Seven-Room Succulent Garden I Love

Pam and Tim Jara with Debra Lee Baldwin (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

This standard-sized back yard has 7 outdoor living areas: spa, bar/barbecue, dining, fireplace, vegetable garden, bonsai/mosaic garden, and fountain/aeonium garden. There are even more if you count…

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Succulent Slope Before & After

Streetside succulent garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

See a problem-solving, terraced succulent garden landscaped on a budget. Challenges include hillside erosion, large area, and steep grade. Before-and-after photos, video and plant gallery.

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Carolyn’s Dragon Tree Garden, Before-and-After

Carolyn Schaer garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

See a colorful, professionally done garden of low-water, regionally appropriate succulents, some unusual, many large, and all thriving today, seven years after installation. Includes designer tips, specs and gallery of 40+ plants.

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Laguna Beach Succulent Gardens

Sansevieria, fountain at Laguna Beach Water District (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

On the Laguna Beach Garden Tour I go hunting for succulents. Nearly all varieties thrive in Laguna’s mild coastal climate. But what gets me every time are the flowering annuals and perennials that snuggle up to the succulents.

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See a Succulent Tidepool Terrace

A terrace adjacent to an outdoor sitting area is perfect for a colorful, easy-care succulent garden. This one, in Laguna Beach, CA suggests a tidepool. When you visually immerse yourself in it, you might as well be snorkeling.

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Vinyl Wraps Make Utility Boxes Succulent Artworks

Lauraine's boxes, AFTER

Watch photographer Lee Sie wrap a utility box with laminated vinyl, transforming it from ugly to lovely. Succulents are a favorite because their geometric patterns work from any perspective. Lee explains the benefits of wrapping versus painting utility boxes. The power company loves it because taggers leave wrapped boxes alone.

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