Asked on Jul 12, 2018

Front yard curve appeal

Dwp7470bHejeLina Splichal


I am in dire need of a front yard remodel. I my grass is dying mainly my city does not allowed us to water our lawn due to the drought that we have. I need plants and decorations in my front yard to make the yard look fuller, earth friendly, and just simply nicer.

q front yard curve appeal
q front yard curve appeal

As you can see I live in the corner lot so traffic is really heavy in the neighborhood. I’m thinking of putting on picket fences as well

q front yard curve appeal

We have mosquitoes. I need plants that would distract these pesty creatures. Please help.

3 answers
  • Lina Splichal
    on Jul 12, 2018

    Many people in arid areas are replacing lawns with stones. There are many varieties of stones from river rock to scoria, so you can choose the look or looks you like for your yard.
  • Heje
    on Aug 7, 2018

    The softer look of mulch is easier on the eye and provides nutrients to the soil and holds moisture better. The edging around the trees could be larger or in different shapes and some mounding would take away the flatness of the area. Two or three of the trees could be joined into one unit with more edging and mulch. (Edging can be eliminated by digging a trench about four inches wide and taking your mulch out from the tree and into the trench.) There will be less edging to do. Keep the mulch away from the base of the tree by using small rocks out about a foot out. It helps prevent tree rot at the base. Good luck on the changes to your yard.

  • Dwp7470b
    on Aug 8, 2018

    Your problem is not the drought, nor the law.

    Your problem is that you are trying to grow kentucky bluegrass in a Zone [not associated to Zone 6,7] with insufficient annual rainfall to sustain it and are quite persuaded this can occur.

    It can't.

    You do not have a garden, sorry to say, you have the equivalent to: a Green Roof, too low to be a roof, and too populated with the wrong stuff to be green.

    But, There are other Green Options.

    I. You need look into Mosses and colors you like which grow in drought.


    II. Have you considered Grass Green Paint [or several different Grass Green shades] on Pebble Shale which endures until a reindeer moss or other lively moss grows in between the pebbles?

    Far as II Goes, You should, because: Rocks don't need water and moss really love Rocks.

    Grass Green Rocks are not a hard project, really, just make sure the shale is clean before you dip it in a Roller Pan with a Mesh or Net or Silk or Screen.

    Tear out that garbage multispecies grass, Sprinkle down your moss seeds, toss in the green rocks and in 3 to 7 years that garden will be a Green Dream even in severe Drought, rather than the brown nightmare it presently is and will be for as long as the drought sustains.

    And again, Keep an open mind as there are other Green Options, not Even Grass, and not Astroturf, but Real, and Live, for persons in drought areas, including but not limited to:

    Reindeer Mosses of Varieties


    Grass Green Rocks that look like the finest cared lawn on the block, always perfectly trimmed to 3/4 inch.

    Plus, there are benefits to Grass Green Rocks, among?

    If you want to put on a show now and then and act like you got Perfect Grass through much much effort, all you do is buy an antique push mower and push it around the yard now and then to say: 'Whew, this Grass is Too Thick to Cut in this Heat'.

    And while you are acting, Maybe you can persuade your neighbors that you made a Special formula to stump the growth of the lawn to 3/4 inch, and Sell they Lemon Kool Aide and DishWater for $3 a Glass.

    Please, Send me photos of the buyers ever you do.

    Good luck.

    God bless you in the drought, may it end soon.

    Look into 'Green Roofs' as an alternative to Brown Lawn.

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