From Bare Lawn To A Xeroscape Makeover

After four years of drought this California couple decide to take the plunge and dig out the lawn. In fact as you will see below there was not much lawn left to remove. The completed project is shown in the picture above and you will discover below the step-by-step stages required to achieve the end result. I came across the details in an article by Lee Delaney which I found on the Hometalk website.

My wife and I had talked about converting the lawn in the back yard to xeriscaping for several years. Over the last 4 years, California has experienced a terribly deep drought. This plus the California Turf Replacement Rebate Program provided the spark for us to undertake it last fall.
changing it out saving water, go green, landscape, outdoor livingLooking east. Back yard before make over. The grass had died because we had to cut way back on watering due to the deep drought in northern California. Note the circular brick patio in the foreground that I had built it several years ago.
changing it out saving water, go green, landscape, outdoor livingLooking west from the pergola. Preparing the beds for the pathways. I laid and leveled 4 inches of sand in the trenches to lay the bricks on. This and laying the bricks were the hardest parts of the project and the most time consuming.
changing it out saving water, go green, landscape, outdoor livingLaying the bricks in the pathways. Kudos to my wife, she laid at least 75% of the bricks! Sorry I don’t have pictures of laying the weed block cloth and placing the landscaping rocks on that. I also converted the lawn sprinkling station completely to drip irrigation. It supports the new drought tolerant plants and one tree in the project area as well as the bushes around the edge. Note circular brick patio in the background.
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