New Landscape Makes a Yard Feel New Again

Ditch the Grass and Bring New Life to Your Yard

Water, once a stable and plentiful part of most Americans' home planning, is making the news for its scarcity more and more often. With mandatory conservation measures in some states and the likelihood of more joining the call for up to 25% cuts in water usage, now is the time to start planning a drought-resistant yard.

If ripping up and redesigning an entire yard may be outside your budget or too much to take on at once, there are ways to reduce water waste and start creating a beautiful and drought-friendly space on a much smaller scale. Here are a few tips. 

Add Stone to the Landscape

Stone designs can provide personality to your yard while saving time, energy, and water. Add an inviting footpath that meanders through the yard to greet visitors. Or remove a few feet of grass in a lazy river design and install a dry riverbed stone feature with a small, fanciful faux footbridge and ornamental grasses along the edge. Or liven up a shady yard with boulders that feature deep green mosses, strategically-placed succulents or hardy grasses.

Clever Fountains

Whether you already have a water fountain built into your landscape design or are looking for a good focal point, you can use a fountain to promote water savings. How? Turn off the tap and let it rain plants instead. Colorful and varied succulents or hardy vines and small blooms can be planted in the fountain to give it a beautiful, overflowing look with little water. Most fountains can also serve to trap rainwater for natural irrigation.  

Beds near Walkways

Much of the leakage and runoff that occurs with lawns happens on the edges where grass meets concrete. To prevent this, trim your lawn back two or three feet along sidewalks and driveways, then fill the space with stone or bark and colorful drought-resistant plants. Reduce the amount of water spread by the sprinklers and use a simple drip system to provide any further water needed to the beds.

Ground Covers

Saving water doesn't necessarily mean you have to give up the green. A number of ground covers can give your yard a nice green glow without a lot of water. One of the most popular is Green Carpet Rupturewort with tiny leaves that grow together and flat to create an illusion of carpet. Moss also gives shaded areas an easy color. Or, instead of fighting clover in your lawn, seed microclovers into it in instead. Clover blends into the grass, helps fertilize it, and is much less thirsty. 

No matter what type of yard or climate you enjoy, you can find many ways to reduce water use and waste. Most require less effort than you think and will save money and maintenance as well as being better for the environment. And today is a great day to start your yard's new life. For assistance, contact a landscaper like Hickory Lane Farm's Nursery & Landscape LLC.

About Me

New Landscape Makes a Yard Feel New Again

Hi. My name is Martha. My husband Leo and I are empty nesters. The last of our three kids moved out of the home about eight years ago. Since that time, we have talked a great deal about retirement and what we wanted to do with our house. The house is slightly too large for just the two of us, but we already have two grandchildren and from the way our kids talk, we are in for plenty more. We have decided to stay in our home since it has plenty of room for our family to come and stay with us from time to time. The one thing we really wanted to change is the backyard. Leo retired last year, and I’ll be retiring in about six months. We are already talking with the landscape contractor, and I’m excited to share some of our plans with you!


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