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“If you want to have a healthy lawn, compromise”

“If you want to have a healthy lawn, compromise”
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First Published: Fri, Aug 31 2007. 11 58 PM IST

Geometry class: Concentric circles highlight the Roman statues.
Geometry class: Concentric circles highlight the Roman statues.
Updated: Fri, Aug 31 2007. 11 58 PM IST
My boys have been tearing up my grass with their wild games. How can I give them space to play without giving up my lawn?
Landscaping is all about planning your area. If you want to have a healthy lawn, then compromise a portion of your lawn and mark it as the children’s play area. You can demarcate it with some shrub hedging, low-height bamboo trellis or a wrought
Geometry class: Concentric circles highlight the Roman statues.
iron structure. This will guide them to play only in the designated area and not spoil the lawn. In the children’s area, instead of grass, you can spread fine sand, which will make it a low-maintenance area and easy for children to play in even during the rainy season.
I love the look of Italian villas. How can I recreate Italian gardens in India?
The traditional Italian garden is always a formal garden around the elaborate architecture. It uses more symmetric sculptured trees and shrubs to create the effect better known as chiaroscuro. The purpose is to project the architecture of the building in the design of the garden. Geometric planting, trimmed box hedges, sculptures and elaborate water features are the main ingredients. All paths, hedging or axis points in a formal garden run out parallel or horizontally as per the symmetry of the house. The best plants to be used in an Indian atmosphere would be clerodendrum inerme, cypress, junipers, ficus panda, etc. They form good hedges and take good shapes with the help of pruning, though the plants will require some time to attain the proper form.
Write to Sameer at decordilemma@livemint.com
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