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Huge dilemma - major disaster in garden - advice/ideas, please!

28 days ago

I'm hoping someone will be able to help me with a situation in my garden that has become a horrible mess. This is a large area between the allee and the circular pool garden, if you have seen my on-going photo essay.

The area is basically square. It has become totally overgrown with many weeds - goldenrod being a major culprit, but by no means the only one. At the beginning, 25 years ago, this area had five amelanchier trees and a few spirea shrubs and bark mulch - that was all.

This place gets more than 6 hours of sun and is a heat sink - I refer to it as a hell zone. It is also adjacent to the vernal swamp out back, and is very moist for much of the season. No watering by me is needed here.

I am at a loss to know how to make this area look better and be relatively easy to maintain (hah, bloody hah) through my own declining years. I don't want or need another garden bed to deal with. I wish this space had never been created...

Things I DO NOT want:

-- full hardscape - would not be in keeping with my style of gardening, would be expensive, and would capture and store more heat.

-- lawn - too much additional maintenance and Mother Nature with Her avian helpers and the winds would simply allow the weeds to return.

I could have everything that grows here presently just be scraped to bare ground and put down mulch of some sort. But then Mother Nature would still have Her way, over time...

Or perhaps some sort of groundcover planting that would be relatively short? Creeping thyme? Other?

My current thought is to somehow embrace mosses here -- always green, interesting variety of types, it already grows with enthusiasm out there, needs little upkeep and I personally love the stuff. Something along the lines of Japanese moss gardens, but much simpler.

Any thoughts?


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