Don't be in constant battle with your yard to keep things under control. Wherever you happen to live, takeyour plant selection and design clues from the natural surroundings of your area. This way, your plants will be better equipped to handle your local weather, require much less water and maintenance. Your yard will also attract local birds. A natural arrangement of plants and letting them grow to their natural shapes and sizes will not only look amazing, it will also minimize yard clippings/waste and save you a lot of time.
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