Last year I let my lawn die and just maintained my Oak tree because of the drought, and it just seemed irresponsible to waste so much water for grass lawn. It has sat in a state of bare dirt and dead grass, with a few hardy natives that struggled.
I have been studying xeriscape, or very low water use landscaping and was finally decided on what I wanted to create that would be somewhat natural looking. I am maintaining a small patch of grass under the tree as that will let it breathe and keep it healthy. The rest is a dry creek made from rocks out of the ground around my home (there are lots) and low water use plantings of grasses, agaves, sages, lavender, and low growing wormwoods and lantanas. The hummingbirds are quite happy with the additional forage, and I am happy with the overall appearance.
With the underground drip water system, and the gravel mulch, I can keep these plants happy with 2 waterings a week right now with 100+ temperatures, and come cooler weather, only the tree will need water a few times a week and the rest no more than once a week. If we get rain, none needs additional water.
My neighbors (many of which also let the lawns die), have been very interested and asking lots of questions about xerascaping. I have been happy to show what I am doing, and have had several requests to help them design something for their yards. I will never tackle a project like this in August again, but would help with ideas and basic design for the neighbors who know me.
I think I am pleased with the results..........
Edited by Skywatcher, 04 September 2017 - 09:44 PM.