In my last post I took you on a tour inside our new house. Today I want to share the outside yards with you, and talk about what we plan on doing with the yards. I also want to share some ideas on how to make them a little more drought tolerant AND beautiful to look at. Like most people, we definitely want our outdoor space to be a family friendly, active and usable space! I say that because it’s relatively easy to make a space “pretty” or “drought tolerant”, but not always as easy to incorporate those ideas into a “family environment”. So we will see how this all ends up!
Now, onto the yard tours!
Walking up to the front door there is A LOT of grass on the left side and bushes as well as trees on the right. There is a good chance that most of the bushes on the right will be removed, and that part of the yard will become a lovely rock garden with succulents and native and drought tolerant plants (xeriscaping), or it will become “decorative” front patio extension. We are debating on how much of the grass will be removed on the left side since it takes SO much water to keep it lovely and lush.
As you can see, the grass at the front corner is dried up. We will be ripping most of that grass out all the way up to where the border is at the bottom of the picture and extending the flowerbed all the way down to the sidewalk. The plants in the flowerbed will most likely be changed out and xeriscaped.
As you can see here there is a lot of grass, it actually wraps all the way around the sidewalk to the front of our house.
In the back yard there is also A LOT of grass that is dying out in places. We are planning on pulling out all the dead grass in this picture, and extending the patio out and adding a pergola to create a functional BBQ area and outside dining area, since we spend quite a bit of time outside.
This area actually gets a substantial amount of shade during the day, so the grass stays nice and green. I am advocating to keep the grass over here, but we have also tossed the idea around of turning this area into a separate brick patio for lounging, and even possibly a fire pit.
Here is my “favorite” (insert sarcastic eye roll here) part of the back yard. It doesn’t make sense to me to have a hot tub in an area that can gets upwards of 115+ degrees during the summer. Plus, I’m just not a big fan of them. So, it will definitely be removed.
While this area along the side of the house looks super barren and desolate (and drought friendly at this point), I actually have a few ideas on how to make this a comfortable usable space. One idea includes an awesome brick patio and pergola that runs the length of the house. Another idea includes planter boxes and a cute little (drought tolerant) veggie garden.
We were also bequeathed with this back yard decoration. While I like the idea of it, right now it is looking a little down trodden and junky. I think I may give it a little face lift and add some more succulents to bring it back to its former glory.
So as you can see, we have a lot of work ahead of us. I am excited to incorporate xeriscaping into our new neighborhood, and hopefully will inspire others to do the same! Not only is it a fantastic way to utilize drought tolerant and native plants into your yard decor, it can also be really beautiful. For us it just feels like the most responsible way to keep our yard looking pretty. I found some great sites like Growing Nature, and California Native Plant Society for native plant ideas in our area, but if you do a quick Google search you can find lots of sites that will tell you the plants native to your area.
I can’t wait to share our progress, and would LOVE some suggestions on yard/landscaping ideas!
Until Next Time…
**Just a FYI: We got our keys at the end of June and immediately started doing a few renovations/updates (mostly painting projects) before we moved in. We have only been living in our new home for a little over 2 weeks now. That said, some of the “projects” I am talking about on this “Home Tour” have already been done, and I will share about those in later posts. I originally wanted to share our move-in progress, but wasn’t able to because my IPad stopped working for a while. Now we are back on track, and I can’t wait to share all of our DIY projects and interior design ideas! **