Changing It Out/saving Water

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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.
changing it out saving water, go green, landscape, outdoor living
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.
changing it out saving water, go green, landscape, outdoor living
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.
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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.
changing it out saving water, go green, landscape, outdoor living
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".
changing it out saving water, go green, landscape, outdoor living
Looking west. Note the fairy tail grass. It is a newly planted drought tolerant plant.
changing it out saving water, go green, landscape, outdoor living
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.
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  • Em
    on Mar 9, 2018

    What did you use on the outside of the brick pathway to keep bricks in line?

    • Em
      on Jan 23, 2019

      Thank you but I was asking the author of the post what she used.

  • Nancy
    on Jan 22, 2019

    Awesome brickwork! So it's dig it out, tamp some sand, put a weed cloth barrier, then bricks, then more sand or is it mortar? Didn't see where you specified. Really nice!

    • Lee Delaney
      on Jan 22, 2019

      Did not use weed cloth barrier. Dug out, leveled as best as I could, poured in sand, wet the sand, lay the brick in tiers, level as you go. Have to say the leveling helped but still have many unlevel spots.

  • Lavender
    on Jan 22, 2019

    How much did it all cost?

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  • Chris Keating-Ingelse
    on Jan 23, 2019

    Kudos for taking on this tough project- it looks GREAT! My sisters still live in CA, but i'm in VT- where we get too much rain and snow! Too bad we can't even out among the rest of the country!

  • Carol de la Fuente
    on Jan 24, 2019

    Looks beautiful!!!

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