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Question DetailsAsked on 8/3/2014

in ballpark terms, how much should it cost to replace a small lawn with drought tolerant landscaping

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From near zero to well over $10/SF, without getting too carried away. For the economy version, go find some crabgrass, dandelions, and clover somewhere and transplant some in your yard - presto, instant drought resistant yard. Believe it or not, clover and dandelions are being promoted by some landscaping and gardening people as "eco-friendly" plantings - probably the same people who advocate eating stuff that tastes and looks like cardboard as a healthy meal.

For drought-resistant grasses in a lawn, on the order of $1/SF. For removal of grass and replacement with stone, $1-2/SF typically, Then on up with drought resistant plantings, decorative lawn trash, etc - up to $25,000 for full-size 10' cactus or desert trees.

Google "drought resistant yards" for lots of websites on types of plantings and such - also check your local water company or district website both for lists of types of plants that might do well in your area, and for possible rebate programs.

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