Congratulations Louis in Bridgeway Islands, our Drought Spotlight Honoree for July!

Drought Spotlight - July

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When Louis moved into his home in 2001, the backyard was just a fenced-in stretch of dirt. He knew right away that he didn’t want grass in the backyard, but he wanted something easy to maintain that could be used year-round. The result was an easy-to-maintain space with a great inside-outside feel and low water use.

Now that his backyard was how he wanted it, Louis started wondering about the front yard. Every week he spent time cutting, edging, feeding, weeding and watering a green patch that he never used. It made no sense; and it made his house look like all of his neighbor’s homes.

Something had to be done.

Louis decided to take a master gardeners course with Yolo County in order to prepare himself for a big change. After completing the program, he decided on a front yard with a wild garden atmosphere, full of low-water-use plants and attractive ground cover. In addition to the plants, he added concrete steps and boulders. All of this was installed on a slope built out of the very lawn he was removing!

The result is a multi-level landscape that catches the eye. All of this only took a few months and requires much less work than a traditional lawn. Best of all, the yard is unique.

Thank you Louis, you are our Drought Spotlight Honoree for the month of July!

If you would like to nominate your yard, or someone else’s, please email (or call at 916-617-5025). You can use Next Door to make a nomination, as well as stay informed about neighborhood events. Visit to get started.

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