Friday, October 14, 2011

Grass continuing to go

Just a progressive account of the disappearance (deliberate) of our lawn.  I decided to relocate the turf to the back of our garage, where we just had mulch.  Even if it doesn't spring back, it'll be something less likely to get worn down by the dog, when she makes her turn arounds after catching balls.
 This wavy pattern was abandoned as you'll see a few photos down for one that makes a full circle with the other side of limestone trim.

 Just bags of cedar mulch from Lowe's and voila.  The only thing I've found tricky with a mulch "lawn" is that you can't spot poop as easily.  Now for the other side of our front lawn (actually that's almost done...but haven't got pics of that yet).

Saturday, July 16, 2011

A happy goodbye to grass

It's clear that around our part of north central Austin, others are getting the same idea this summer: get rid of the grass, and "furnish" the yard instead.  I like the idea of furnishing our yard.  Grass was the easy way for me of dealing with space on our property, but the water it requires is so hard to justify in a drought year, or any other year in Texas for that matter.

Without grass, you have to think about "furniture" like paths, plants, rocks, a dry creekbed, maybe? All fun things for kids.  Natural playscaping.  I love this idea.  Of course grass is soft and easy to play on, yes.  So we're keeping, for now, a patch in the back yard that will be just big enough for a slip and slide, etc.

We've asked our "old" landscaper to come back and help with the design of a dry creekbed that will wrap around the side of our house, visually beginning in the back.  Another vision is rain capture - rain barrels under our gutters, the overflow of which will spill into the creek bed.  For whenever rain does happen to fall here.

I started pulling up the grass today, and it was like taking up dry carpet.  It came up so easily, I was surprised.  Goodbye grass!