Who needs . . . L A W N . . . anyway?
Oh no, not another drought year! This has been a recurring West Coast headliner, off-and-on, for decades. But this one means serious business.
If you are starting a new garden project, or if replacing your water consumptive lawn is on your “TO DO” list, here are a few ideas from Karen Aitken’s garden design team:
Check out your county water district rebates for lawn replacements. Santa Clara Water District now offers up to a $2 per square foot rebate for trading in your lawn on low-water use plant alternatives.
www.valleywater.org . . . . for Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
http://wrasbc.isoars.com/programs.htm . . . for San Benito
www.sfwater.org . . . . for San Francisco
www.montereywaterinfo.org/rebates . . . . for Monterey
The Santa Clara County Master Gardeners website has a plethora of plant advise:
To inspire you, here are some of our favorite lawn replacement ideas. These gardens consume just a fraction of the water required by a manicured Lawn:
. . . . A Succulent Garden . . .
. . . . An Herb Garden . . .
. . . . A Wildflower Meadow . . .
. . . . Lavender Garden . . .
Have you any lawn replacement strategies to share with us? We would be happy to hear from you.
If we may help you in the planning of your next outdoor space, please drop us a line @ www.karenaitken.com
or CALL KAREN AITKEN @ (408) 842-0245