Ever since I bought this place, I have slowly been whittling away at the grassy area in favor of other plantings...i.e. trees, garden areas, flowers, etc...my goal was to eventually be able to mow with scissors, and I am happy to say, I am almost there..
I am wondering how many others are doing the same..
Another...but more of the pitiful yard area...
Last year was terribly dry and since I refuse to water grass, most of the St. Augustine died. Whats left is some Bermuda fighting to come back up and weeds.
The black container is the top of a 2 layered pool. The bottom is in another part of the garden with strawberries in it. I will move it in the fall to be close to this one..(where the white barrel is now), then mulch the entire top of the little grassy area (around the bottom black pool planter..to the other side of the yard and will place the white barrel planters in that area along the path at the top)
I had Spirea along the house (to the right) but last fall had to have some foundation work done so had them take it all out. It is getting too shady now since the pecan trees have gotten so large. So now I have a large canvas to work with..not sure what I will put in there yet, but will have to be shade loving plants.
I moved in less than a year ago, and am absolutely determined to get rid of as much of the grass as I can. The neighborhood I live in does not have much in the way of rules, but you have to fit in with the neighborhood. I'm cool with that, but... I tore out the grass between the garage and the sidewalk and have a rose garden going there (I hope) and am whittling away at the rest of it. I think as long as I have one stretch of "golf course" it'll be all right.
But the back yard is MINE. I have a 20 foot herb circle and 7 raised beds, plus a pond and a vegetable garden. I really have to learn to eat the elephant one bite at a time...
Edited to say I love what you're doing! Getting ideas!
Forgot one of the back..this is looking toward the patio. The plants in the containers will be planted in the front yard in front of the large window that I am going to replace soon. Most of the front bushes were also removed with the foundation repairs.
We have nearly 1-1/2 acres of green stuff that requires mowing. This spring I'm taking out maybe 1/8 acre for a vegetable garden and I hope to start some lasagna beds for flowers soon. Might take me 5 years to get rid of enough grass/clover/weeds to suit me.
It looks like you are closing in on eliminating the grass. I have a large yard and have also been trying to cut down on the amount of grass that I have to mow. I built a large deck then a gazebo about twenty feet away. I then extended a walkway from the deck to the gazebo. All of this is where grass used to grow. I also built four flower beds by removing grass. I am now PONDering what I should do next.
I am guilty of an evil plan as well. I have all the grass gone except for 1/2 of the front lawn. My goal is to have the entire yard (only a 50' x 100' lot with house and garage) producing food for me or critters.
WAY TO GO...what better use for our property than to provide for ourselves.
I had a pond under the arbor but it got too shady when those Redbud trees grew and got too messy with the leaves, etc. that was always falling into it. So the pond came out and filled with dirt. I am not sure what will go there permanently, but have a lot of time to make a decision.
The first thing I did when moving in here was plant pecan trees due to the heat and brutal sun in the summer. Now they are providing shade, but it also takes away a lot of productive area that could be used. Still it was worth it because I LOVE having the shade and the pecans in the fall.
Hey Kris, great pics, and I 'm a big fan of Pecans- it's pecan time down here right now- but in a hot climate I think a little greensward cools things down beautifully..the secret is not to be a slave to the mowing, ( I only mow once ever tree weeks or so, and in the cooler waether not at all) and to have a few cows you can let in if things get beyond you. I admire what you have done, and your garden looks great..I just don't like the heat that reflects off hard surfaces.
Do Macadamias grow there? I imagine they would do well, the climate seems much the same as here halfway between Sydney and Brisbane.
Jasmerr, thanks for the link...I couldnt have said it better myself.
We have been under water restrictions since last year (allowed watering one day a week unless its hand watering), plus they are now billing us according to usage..more you use, more you are charged per gallon. I lost most of what little grass I had after the brutal summer last year and didnt miss it one bit. I will never be sorry with my decision to get rid of the grass. I still have grass in front to mow but now it takes about 5 minutes instead of the couple hours it used to take to do front and back.
fourx...I would love to be able to live in a place where I could have cows or goats to manage the grassy areas, but when one lives in a town with government looking over your shoulder, one has to follow the laws...or risk getting tickets for code violations..and a big one here is to maintain the height of the grass.
I planted the pecans around for the shade mainly because they are native trees. I knew they would survive no matter what kind of summers we get...they are growing tall and proud and providing the shade that I wanted...the nuts are an added bonus. In fact, thats where I got a few more pecan seedlings...the nuts drop and sprout, I dig them up and re-plant them somewhere else where they were needed. They might not be the big, fancy papershell pecans, but they are a lot more tolerant of the conditions.