Hot, Dry and Happy

This renovation eliminated all bluegrass from the plan, and instead took advantage of plants that offered a variety of color and texture. This yard had a few different challenges when considering a new landscape: slope, deer, western exposure and low water and maintenance needs. The rock chosen for this yard is slightly angular so it doesn't roll downhill easily, the plants are selected for deer resistance and heat loving which is necessary for a west facing yard that has a heat-holding rock mulch. In fact, many of these plants actually prefer rock mulch rather than wood mulch that may hold too much water too near the plant. And finally, the landscape is watered with drip irrigation to make best use of water. With drip irrigation, water is applied only where the plants need it, and not in unnecessary areas where only weeds might grow, saving time with maintenance.