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Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013 4:30 am

I bought several flats of mondo grass in the spring to plant amid a path of hefty steppingstones. I found that from one 4-inch pot I could tease apart the clump into about a dozen plugs. I put each about three inches from its neighbor. Thus, economically, I have begun to cover a lot of territory, knowing that the grasses will knit together after a year or two.

But it might take me an hour to put in 70 or so, and though I need to plant about 10 times that, I can take only so much stabbing the ground with a trowel and manipulating the stringy roots. The mondo project is one of (too) many at the moment. Throw in a late, cold spring, the stalking weeds and just a lot of planting, and I have found myself in a sort of a plate-spinning act where the crockery is getting awfully wobbly.

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