looking for some advice on getting a drought resistant front yard

sahmjay(9)May 30, 2014

hey all,

i'm looking to do a drought resistant front lawn. i'm out in northern california.

how do you go about killing the grass so i can replace it with lower water needing plants.

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gardenper(8)

Check up on the term "xeriscaping" or "xeriscape lawn". That will help you in the right path.

As for killing your grass, you can cover it with something, such as cardboard, or you can remove a few inches of sod,, but you'll still have to fill in that area again since you don't want to design your new landscape in an area with a few inches lost.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2014 at 3:12PM
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sahmjay(9)

thank you!

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 1:20AM
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lgteacher(SCal)

The process for removing grass depends on the type of grass. If you have a grass that spreads by rhizomes or stolons, you will probably need to use Roundup. If you have a fescue you can go the cardboard route or solarize it.
You may want to look at the book Reimagining the California Lawn.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kill your lawn

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 9:23PM
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marymaryqc57

Check out these websites: www.ecolandscape.org and saveourh2o.org

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:14PM
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fireballsocal

Thank you for the book recommendation lgteacher. It's been ordered.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2014 at 10:15PM
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vedabeeps

I know is late but in case someone else is reading this before taking on a project..... Rent a sod cutter! Believe me, I'm in the process of removing my lawn and replacing it with low water landscaping right now and the 2 days I spent using the sod cutter were the best spent days of this project. Once the sod is removed dealing with the remaining grass roots that are still alive is much more manageable.

Water well a day or two before using the sod cutter.

But before you do anything, check with your city to see if there is a turf replacement rebate program. We're getting $2 a square foot back.

This post was edited by VedaBeeps on Wed, Oct 15, 14 at 18:18

    Bookmark   October 15, 2014 at 6:14PM
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