Fall is almost here–you won’t have to mow that yard forever! As the weather cools down it’s a great time to redo the yard for next year. Wouldn’t it be great to spend less time mowing? It can be much easier next summer if you make some changes now. Explore the world of xeriscaping. (I love saying that word!)
To save on mowing and on water, try xeriscaping at least part of your yard. That means taking out (or covering up) the grass & putting in rocks and plants that can take long periods of drought. You probably won’t have to water these plants at all after the initial planting. A bonus is less lawn to mow. You can sit back with a tall glass of iced tea or lemonade a lot sooner!
Put in a patio or extend the one you have with a variety of materials. Widen the driveway similarly. Put in a wide winding sidewalk. Put in accent gardens near a tree or other focal point.
Extend the gardens you have already by bringing them outward in a sort of paisley shape. Lay a garden hose to make a pleasing curve to guide you. You don’t have to plant the whole area. Choose plants that are drought tolerant and fill in the garden area with mulch. Ask your county extension service for lists of drought tolerant plants that can grow in your planting zone.
Put landscaping cloth under your xeriscape areas to prevent any weeds from coming up between rocks. (It should be on sale in the fall along with other garden and lawn care products.)
Check out my article on Low Maintenance Landscaping for some practical ways to xeriscape!
Save Your Trees from Drought is a step-by-step way to keep your trees. Trees are more important to save than you lawn during a drought, if you were wondering.
Take a look at your yard and decide where you can make some changes. Even if you change just one area each year, it’s an important goal. Saving water saves money too!