Something on the Side

We live on a corner lot so we have two medians to care for. One facing east and the other facing south. The south one also faces the elementary school next door. I've wanted to spruce this median up because those poor kids don't need to look at any more ugly. For the longest time it was overgrown crabgrass and weeds knee high. I weeded different sections three times over the past year but what I planted either died or I never got to plant anything...please bear in mind i have a toddler who is now 21 months but a year ago she was less than a year old! Brutal!

On Mother's Day this year my gift was to garden freely for an entire day and I planted the following: Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima)



Purple Fountain Grass



and Prostrate Myoporum,
all draught tolerant. I also changed our regular sprinklers into soaker hoses to get the water right where it's needed, at the roots. Three months later its doing great despite the water restriction happening in Los Angeles. Eventually the Myoporum will spread and this section will be a carpet of green with the grasses fanning out.


This is the median in it's semi original state. Just crabgrass no weeds, so it was way worse.

This is where we were in May

Now in August





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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Something on the Side

We live on a corner lot so we have two medians to care for. One facing east and the other facing south. The south one also faces the elementary school next door. I've wanted to spruce this median up because those poor kids don't need to look at any more ugly. For the longest time it was overgrown crabgrass and weeds knee high. I weeded different sections three times over the past year but what I planted either died or I never got to plant anything...please bear in mind i have a toddler who is now 21 months but a year ago she was less than a year old! Brutal!

On Mother's Day this year my gift was to garden freely for an entire day and I planted the following: Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima)






all draught tolerant. I also changed our regular sprinklers into soaker hoses to get the water right where it's needed, at the roots. Three months later its doing great despite the water restriction happening in Los Angeles. Eventually the Myoporum will spread and this section will be a carpet of green with the grasses fanning out.


This is the median in it's semi original state. Just crabgrass no weeds, so it was way worse.

This is where we were in May

Now in August





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