Here’s the ‘before’ picture of our lawn:
Today, I’m showing you the war-zone that is our front yard with the grass sliced off:
Talk about the blank page, the table rasa…whatever you want to call a front yard that won’t grow a blade of the green stuff, ever again. And I’m from the Midwest, where acres of grass and a riding lawn mower to cut it, are common.
But no more. In California, we have to water lawns to keep them green, wasting precious water and costing lots of money. Drought tolerant plants, here we come! And because homeowners can spend too much on these endeavors (much more than they’ll ever get back when they sell their home), I’ve decided to work with a local gardener instead of employing an expensive architect/company. One neighbor spent $150,000 on his front/back yard redo. I’m going to try to keep costs to around $30.000. Wish me luck!
Now, I’ve seen my share of blank pages before, but they don’t scare me like this front lawn project. Plus, in a novel, we try to come up with unique settings, plots and characters, so we can make the story our own. We’re told not to guess what our readers want; instead, to write the novel of our heart. Not so with landscaping. I have to design a front-yard plan offering curb appeal to ‘enhance’ our neighborhood vibe, and entice prospective buyers. That’s a lot of stress! A good thing: samples of front yard plans (Xeriscaping) abound. I can’t ‘copy’ someone else’s novel, but I can reproduce every aspect of someone else’s landscaping. The degree of ‘sharing’ in the yard redo business is phenomenal.
I’ve gathered pictures that please me on my Landscaping Pinterest. https://www.pinterest.com/rolynna/rolynns-landscaping/
We have a California Ranch style home, so I’m going for palms, yucca, agave, and succulents. Some varieties of these plants are not frost tolerant, and though we rarely have freezes here, I still have to make sure all my plants can handle frost/freezing temperatures.
My writing has suffered because of this project, yet I’m exercising my imagination with every step of the project. And who knows, maybe my next mystery could center on a landscape architect. Stay tuned as I slog through this process...and let me know how/if you have handled a front yard makeover!
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