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Changing It Out/saving Water

My wife and I had talked about converting the lawn in the back yard to xeriscaping for several years. Over the last 4 years, California has experienced a terribly deep drought. This plus the California Turf Replacement Rebate Program provided the spark for us to undertake it last fall.
Time: 6 Weeks Cost: $1256.00 Difficulty: Advanced
Looking east. Back yard before make over. The grass had died because we had to cut way back on watering due to the deep drought in northern California. Note the circular brick patio in the foreground that I had built it several years ago.
Looking west from the pergola. Preparing the beds for the pathways. I laid and leveled 4 inches of sand in the trenches to lay the bricks on. This and laying the bricks were the hardest parts of the project and the most time consuming.
Laying the bricks in the pathways. Kudos to my wife, she laid at least 75% of the bricks! Sorry I don't have pictures of laying the weed block cloth and placing the landscaping rocks on that. I also converted the lawn sprinkling station completely to drip irrigation. It supports the new drought tolerant plants and one tree in the project area as well as the bushes around the edge. Note circular brick patio in the background.
Looking west after transition to xeriscaping. Note the boulders in the foreground. There is a slope here and the boulders are necessary to keep the landscape rock from sliding downhill when walked upon. The raised planters on the right side existed before the project. But we built the pathway in between them and down the slope. The landscape rocks are black lava and "salt and pepper rock".
Looking west. Note the fairy tail grass. It is a newly planted drought tolerant plant.
Looking west from pergola. Note new brick pathways and new raised vegetable garden in center background. Alot of hard work but fun, particularly since state of California paid for materials under their turf replacement program. Converted 932 square feet of grass lawn.
  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jan 18, 2016

    Wow this is an incredible transformation!

  • Jessie
    Jessie South Africa
    on Jan 20, 2016

    Love it as we live in South Africa and we have had very little rain this summer and are going into winter soon when we have no rain at all.

  • Lisa House
    Lisa House Vickery, OH
    on Jan 20, 2016

    Nicely done!

  • Lynda Oswald
    Lynda Oswald Port Huron, MI
    on Jan 20, 2016

    Brilliant makeover! Love the bonus of getting materials paid for; good for you that took advantage of that opportunity. It looks lovely.

  • Deborah King
    Deborah King Whitmire, SC
    on Jan 20, 2016


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