Our son is getting ready to become a first-time home owner. He’s excited about the prospect of not only having his first house, but his own yard and garden area to create and care for as well. Knowing that I have always been an avid gardener he asked me for input on what type of plants he should choose when putting in a garden or landscaping. One of the first things I told him was to choose plants that will thrive under the natural conditions where we live without a lot of extra coaxing, water, and back breaking work. Needless to say he’s all for that. Next we discussed the preconceived notions about what plant combinations make for a good garden. Today’s gardener is more focused on sustainable gardening and conserving natural resources. We also chatted about the preconceived notion that lawns need to be completely weed free. While he doesn’t want to be the one neighbor on the block who has a yard full of weeds, he should be aware that it’s okay to have a low level of weeds in his yard, and that by not over watering and following regular maintenance he should be able to have a strong healthy lawn that can out compete any weeds.