Planting Native Garden - Hiding awkward stage?
I'm working on landscaping the front of my little cottage in Atwater Village in LA - and using only natives, mostly from Theodore Payne - two kinds of Ceanothus, several kinds of buckwheats, a fuschia, a lupine, and others....
I got some of the free city mulch - and now thinking it will be too rich for these plants - and having a hard time getting a good answer as far as what I can put on the bare dirt to keep it from blowing into my house so I won't feel like I live in the Dust Bowl like my granny - last summer was crazy!!
So it's sort of a mulch question - or maybe a groundcover question - or an erosion question - ? It seems like I should mulch around the plants later in the year as it gets warm - but what to do about the aesthetic/dust bowl problem between the plants as I wait for them to fill in?
Perhaps bark is the right idea? - if so, is it important that it's redwood? what about decomposed granite to keep things tidy and keep the dust down?
Any advice much appreciated!!!!!
los angeles, atwater village 90039