Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday Vignette: front lawn no more

Momentous things are happening in our front yard. In a matter of hours, we went from this:

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…to this:

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…to this:

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In the photo above, the metal edging outlines the areas we’re creating:

  • Two succulent mounds, 2 ft. at their tallest. The soil will eventually compact to 1 – 1½ ft.
  • 1 ft. wide paths, to be covered with gray decomposed granite (which will also be used as the top dressing for the succulent mounds). The path in the foreground looks wider than it actually is because of the distortion from the wide-angle lens I was using.
  • 4 ft. wide Corten planter at the 1 o’clock position, to be used for vegetables. It’ll take a few weeks for the planter to arrive but it’ll look like this.

By tomorrow evening the soil for the succulent mounds should be in place. I may finally get to do some planting on the weekend!

The lawn in the back yard is gone, too. It will be replaced with Dymondia margaretae planted inside hollow pavers, which it will completely cover eventually.

Lot of things going on. Lots of material for future blog posts!

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16 comments:

  1. Exciting! I bet you're not sorry that you hired this task out, are you? :)

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    1. No, not at all. I know myself and my limitations (physical and mental). With the help of our dedicated contractor, José Díaz, these projects might never have happened.

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  2. I bet it will be stunning. How do your neighbors feel about eliminating your lawn?I don't think the HOA would let us do the front yard.

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    1. More and more folks are getting rid of their lawns. The State of California has a rebate program for turf removal ($2 per sq.ft. of turf removed).

      We don't have an HOA where we live but I don't think they would be able to stop a homeowner from removing their front lawn. After all, we're still in the worst drought on record.

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  3. Cool! Looking forward to seeing what you will plant. Dymondia is great stuff.

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    1. I've been collecting plants since the fall. I probably still have more plants than there's room.

      I'll pick up 10 flats of Dymondia margaretae tomorrow...

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  4. Hooray! What an exciting time with so much happening in your garden!

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    1. Exciting is right!! And the timing is perfect since we're still expecting a bit of rain before summer comes.

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  5. Looks like you have a full cast of characters waiting in the wings.

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  6. Congratulations! Now you're getting to the fun part.

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  7. Exciting! I wish I had incorporated some mounds/berms into my front yard design. I can't wait to see how yours look.

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    1. I've found that mounds are the best way to improve drainage for plants that don't tolerate wet feet. And I think they look good, too :-).

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