replacing lawn with low maint

kfeer(5 high desert Oregon)October 1, 2012

We live in high-desert OR at about 4300 feet. Strong sun, chilly nights, cold winters. HATE watering and mowing a lawn, but need a good fire break and a little natural pretty. Looking to do something that will be low maintenance and drought/cold tolerant. We need to have firebreak about 50-70 feet around house. Have even considered going all stone, but not sure I want to store all the heat near the house since we don't have AC. Looking for ideas - easiest way to transition? Best plants to plant? Want casual/natural looking - natural growers here are lodgepole pines, ponderosa pines, rabbit brush, bitter brush, bunch grass (none of these are suitable for the "lawn" area, but giving an idea of what we have here in the area) HELP!

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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I am a zone 8b girl so I have no idea what works up there where you are, but there are some short drought hardy native grasses like buffalo grass, some gramas, curly mesquite grass. What grasses grow in short grass praries in your Zone and area? I did bump into a grass provider from that area of the country. Their name does escape me but I think google might cough them up.

No AC... what a dream for me. Me I let the native grow . I have no lawn, just native grasses and whatever moves in..

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 7:00PM
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