Steven in Southport worked to redesign his entire front yard without sacrificing beauty to create a water-friendly landscape! Learn how he used a different approach to make that change below:
“When we purchased our house in 2011, we knew we would eventually renovate the existing landscaping with something that saved water and required little maintenance. But, as with many plans, the project lacked money, energy, time and… a plan. So the lawn that never looked lush continued to haunt our front yard. But in the spring of 2015, we had enough. The time had come for a major change. We let the grass die. We let the gardener go. We had the tree removed and worked out a plan for a new driveway and walkway with concrete pavers. Once the jack-hammers started, there was no turning back. Our goal was a front garden with year-round interest: blooming plants, inviting design, birds, bees, lizards and butterflies. We drew our greatest inspiration from the UC Davis Arboretum. Visiting the massive garden offered us a multitude of possibilities and options. Armed with a camera, pencil and graph paper, we put our plan together. Now after one year’s growth, we’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. The results have sparked a lot of curiosity from our neighbors. Ultimately, we are very happy with how it turned out.”
Thank you Steven, you are our Drought Spotlight Honoree for the month of September!