We decided to dig out part of our front lawn and put in drought tolerant plants. This landscaping with drought tolerant and native plants is called Xeriscaping. We are starting with the front strip near the street, called the “Parkway”.
Xeriscaping will benefit us in many ways, but these are our main reasons for wanting to do this project:
- Lower water consumption
- Less time and work needed for maintenance, making gardening simpler and less stressful
- Less lawn mowing (saves Dan’s energy)
First, we had to call the “call before you dig” number. There were nine organizations that had to come out to mark our parkway. We are one of the “lucky” neighbors who have all the city utilities close by. URG! It only took those organizations two days to come out, so it wasn’t too bad.
Then, we had to stake off the area.
We have started to dig (and, by “we”, I mean “Dan”).
Our goal is to complete this project by the end of the year. Then, we will move onto another area of the front lawn. Wish us luck, and check back on the Xeriscaping progress. Here’s a link to all the posts.