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Question DetailsAsked on 5/27/2011

Getting rid of a water-needy lawn

Do you have any tips for getting rid of water-needy lawns in our dry climate? A green, grassy yard isn't environmentally friendly. I'm planning to go to drought-tolerant California native plants.

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Tammy Tingley, owner of Andromeda Landscape in Bellflower, told us this is becoming a more frequent request among her clients, due in part because of the water price increase that will take effect January 1, 2009. Tingley also made this transformation in her own yard last year. “We only have to water once a week and trim once a year. Our yard is all rock and plants and quite frankly it’s the nicest one in the neighborhood and requires the least amount of work. It amazes me that people don't do more of this stuff!' Tingley says nandinas, juniper- plants, like Hollywood, tam and verigated, fountain grass and raphaelis are all great options and do well in both warm and cooler weather. For color, she suggests status, which has pretty purple flowers and variegated hollies. Ground cover, like mulch or bark, is also important because it helps retain water and decreases weeds.

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If you are trying to get rid of a water-needy lawn then don't water it. The lawn will get rid of itself.


Green, grassy lawns may not be cost effective if water is too expensive but they are very environmentally friendly since they provided much needed oxygen for humans. That's the environment I like.

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