With a very serious drought in California and the rising scarcity and cost of water I have been trying to think of ways to cut down on irrigation. Most of my garden is already on various drip systems but with a lawn that is extremely difficult to do and Rainbird sprinkers use lots and lots of water. So...I decided to take out the front lawn.
Here is one view of the old lawn
And here it is after...bare dirt and not very pretty!
The rocks are laying out the basic pattern for the paths and the roundel, the shovel is standing in for a fountain.
I had two challenges in the new design: low water usage and low maintenance, lawns might use a lot of water, but they look lovely and are generally easy to maintain.
I have decided to go with a combination of gravel and mulch for the hardscape, the planting materials will consist of boxwood hedges, a Western Redbud tree, five pink roses, and various drougnt tolerent plants in a few places to soften the effect. One of the greatest things about drip systems is that you can water one plant and not the whole surrounding area.
Here is Juan installing the new water lines for the drip system and running the electricity for the fountain.
This all looks pretty awful right now but I have high hopes that it will all turn out nicely and even look better than before.
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