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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Dirt turns into...

It's been a bit since I shared the progress on our front yard - which we are planning to make drought resistant and native. Here in Southern California, we are currently experiencing drought-like conditions already this year. We have had very little rain and likely will not get much this next year. So, for us, watering our front lawn to keep it green has been expensive and not worth it, in my opinion.  

It looked okay and improved greatly with the house being painted and re-roofed. I have never been crazy with the curb appeal {front yard area} with this house. I've done some improvements, but when I heard our city had a rebate program to rip out the front yard and they'd pay $1 per square foot {up to 1,000 square feet}, I knew it would be a good time to do it. 

I'm not going to lie, this has taken far longer than I had expected it to. Finding a landscaper/contractor who would work within our "small" budget - which our budget really didn't seem that small to us - was tough. Having our front yard be dirt hasn't bothered me. Friends have asked me if it bothered me, and honestly, I don't sit and look at it all day {my office is in the back of the house} so I don't really notice it. But, I think my neighbors are probably more sick of it than I am.

The first sign of a landscaper coming to work on it a few weeks ago and all the neighbors were "stopping" by to see what was going on. So, here is where our yard stands today. It's still mostly dirt. But, it's moving forward. Above is the sketch from our landscaper of what is happening. I am not going to take the time to go through all of it, in detail, to explain what everything means or what it will be. But, trust me, it's going to look spectacular! It will be the nicest looking front yard on the blog, in my opinion! There will native plants, a dry creek bed, a sitting wall, a front patio, walkway from sidewalk to the front door, another sitting area and so forth. 

My husband would have liked to have done this himself, but the city gives VERY little time to finish this project and my husband is BUSY. It took him three years to build our deck and outdoor kitchen and we don't have that kind of time for this! But, he's done a few things on the front area. First of all, he ripped out ALL our grass and all the plantings, and that was a lot of work. We even "recycled" our grass. We rented a sod cutter and they took it to their home - which is a rental with dirt in front, so they loved having some grass, even if it wasn't high quality. 

If you'd like to see more of our curb appeal and other areas that we've "gone green", click on any of the pictures above to see how we've been getting our home more and more energy efficient and cutting down on our energy bills in the mean time! What do you think of all this front yard stuff?

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