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What would you do with this yard?

What would you do with this yard?

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  • 2babygirls 2babygirls's Avatar 05-01-09 | 08:22 PM
  • This is my yard (on the left). It costs a fortune to water in the summer. I'd like to remove at least 1/3 of the grass...but what do I put instead? (I can't afford a circular driveway & we allready have enough concrete for 10 cars.
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  • skyqueen skyqueen's Avatar 05-02-09 | 12:04 AM
  • nice yard!

    you can add more trees, (thought they take water too, they're better than grass) Under the trees, you can bark or rock it and plant nice understory plants.

    the bushes take water, but not nearly as much as grass does, so if you change that out and line the edge of your property line with bushes that'll also cut away the grass.

    Of course, you could just put in fake grass (turf) apparently, they have fake grass that looks remarkably real such that one has to get down and inspect to believe...
  • illaheebaby 05-02-09 | 12:37 AM
  • very pretty!

    how about a fake dry creek? not too wide, but maybe near the edge of your neighbor's yard. or, maybe some kind of rock garden. succulents go well with rocks (don't they??) and don't need a lot of water. i would recommend something native to your area. i think i would put a rock garden towards the end of your yard (farthest from the house), but that's because i love grass and would want it right near my door! lol
  • Valleygirl Valleygirl's Avatar 05-02-09 | 12:55 AM
  • Quote de illaheebaby
    very pretty!

    how about a fake dry creek? not too wide, but maybe near the edge of your neighbor's yard.
    I was going to suggest the same exact thing!
  • TLBT TLBT's Avatar 05-02-09 | 09:44 AM
  • you could line the edges w/rocks, they are expensive to start, but will last a long time, or rubber mulch the edges, lasts at least 10 years (pricey too but once its done, its done) and rock or mulch around the trees too,

    My neighbor told me that grass only needs a tuna can full of water a week (so he said to put out an empty can and when its full turn the sprinklers off for the rest of the week) I dont know how true it is, but his lawn is amazing!! mine, not so much, mostly b/c we havent used our sprinkler system in a few years, this year we are using it so we'll see what difference it makes