Creeping juniper is easy to grow, drought tolerant and low maintenance landscaping. You should be able to find it in local garden centers in the spring. Dig a bowl-shaped hole twice as wide as deep. Don’t dig a hole too deep as plants may settle too deep. As you dig, mix in a 2-inch deep layer of planting mix, compost, or other type of organic matter. Don’t plant too deeply. Make sure that the topmost roots are covered with about 1/2 inch of soil, but avoid piling soil or mulch up around the main stem. Always water plants the day before planting and water the ground after you are finished setting out a new shrub. When the dampened soil settles, spread a 2- to 3-inch deep blanket of mulch to control weeds and keep the soil moist.
In the spring, I plan on redoing my backyard and need some tips. The previous owner had built the driveway so that it was a few feet above the backyard, leaving a drop with a couple of steps from the drive to the yard. What we want to do is to bring in some dirt and slope the yard up to the driveway and then replant the entire yard. Now for my question: What is the best way to kill off the grass that is currently in the yard so that we can successfully replant next spring?
If you are going to fill that much, the soil that you are importing will kill off the turf under it anywhere that the depth is more than an inch or so, the exception being if you have quack grass or something similar. Roundup is a non-selective herbicide that will have effect on most (not all – see product label to find out what it is registered to control) weeds and grass types. You could do a blanket application to kill everything off and then, after seven to ten days, re-seed or sod.