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Advice for a new homeowner on low maintenance shrubs?

6 years ago

Hi --

We recently bought an apartment in Brooklyn, NY with a small backyard (about 1000 square feet). We have one bed in the back of the yard which is completely empty. We would like to put some low maintenance plants back there to add some life to the space. It is otherwise a relatively empty space surrounded by a cedar fence on three sides and our brownstone building on the fourth. We have a 14 month old and are expecting a baby, so other than setting timed sprinklers, we won't have a lot of bandwidth to maintain things. Any advice (including what to put on the ground to keep the weeds at bay?) would be appreciated!

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