Here it is the end of April (2016) and it feels as if we had less rain in the Los Angeles area than last year. The good news is the Sierra Nevadas had an average snowfall and some Northern California reservoirs are filling up.
The good news I am not sure will help us in LA County. We have to wait for the officials and the water engineers to tell SoCal what our water habits will be for summer/fall of 2016. I am conscious of being waterwise nearly everyday and I am having a very hard time convincing my husband that we should make a rather small corner of grass in the backyard into stone hardscape.
Cutting off the corner and planting with succulents from my collection would give the yard extra depth. From our patio, kitchen and family room the view would have an extra layer and soften that side of the property.
I propose making the outline to match the pool decking on the right side of the grass, carrying a composition from right to left. Think about the water that would saved. Forget about what the officials say, I am talking about money saved on the water bill. At this point, the price of water will not be lowering in CA.
What To Do with a Pebble Hardscape?
Put a dwarf palm, sago palm or a foxtail fern off center. If a dwarf palm is planted a drip water line would be beneficial. For the other two plants extra water is not necessary. I would like to move a triangle palm to the spot because it is not flourishing near a 35 year old bougainvillea. The bougainvillea dominates water, ground nutrients and sun.
Next accent the hardscape with two varied shaped semi tall artificial rock. Done, and more than twenty-five square feet of space is not being watered any longer. Later put a few yellow barrel cactus.
Big boulders and rocks are very expensive because they are sold by the pound and how does one place them? Bringing them in has to be payed for too. A brief page about artificial rock explains how these accents can be purchased and sent in the mail. It is convenient and most retailers offer free shipping.
Replacing a Lawn
This area between the length of a garage and the city walk used to be lawn. There are four artificial rocks for accent. The only succulents here are in the middle where the two sprinklers are placed. Each sprinkler head waters in a semi circle and the height will place the water on the outside four feet of the whole area. Usually the area nearer to the head will remain drier as the water shoots over it and falls to the outer area.
There is enough water to maintain the Tip Top Aeonium and more water for the rose ground cover, lavender, grasses and rose bush. This probably only needs watering once or twice a week.
Do you have an artificial rock accent in your yard. Does it hide something or is it accent only?