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Looking lengthwise across the front yard, the dominant feature is a Berkeley sedge lawn. A giant hesperaloe anchors one end near a cluster of live oaks. A broad, curving path of decomposed granite leads through the front garden.

Looking lengthwise across the front yard, the dominant feature is a Berkeley sedge lawn. A giant hesperaloe anchors one end near a cluster of live oaks. A broad, curving path of decomposed granite leads through the front garden.

Berkeley sedge lawn rarely needs mowing and uses a lot less water. Before and after: 6 years making a garden | Digging

The same view in reverse, from the driveway looking toward the lattice fence. The meadowy sedge lawn at right needs much less water than a traditional lawn and mowing only once or twice a year.

Texas Sedge in a front yard: http://www.google.com/reader/view/#stream/feed%2Fhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.penick.net%2Fdigging%2F%3Ffeed%3Drss2

Texas sedge for shady spots where a traditional lawn won't work

Bill wants ferns and I do too

Bill wants ferns and I do too

Sweet Woodruff is Shade Gardeners Delight

Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum): ground cover plant for poor soil and grows in well-drained to moist soil, and partial sun to complete shade

Herniaria Glabra: 3inches tall, perennial, ground cover, can take foot traffic

Herniaria Glabra Green carpet ground cover - drought tolerant evergreen, full sun to partial shade

Planning a lawn irrigation system

Even if you can’t draw a straight line, you have to make a map of your property to plan your irrigation system. Draw your map to scale (such as 1 inch equals 10 .

Scotts Scott's 16 inch Walk Behind Push Reel Lawn Mower-415-16S - The Home Depot

Scotts Scott's 16 in. Walk-Behind Push Reel Lawn Mower

Scotts, Scott's 16 inch Walk Behind Push Reel Lawn Mower, at The Home Depot - Mobile

There are a thousand hacking at the branches if evil to one who is striking at the root.  Henry David Thoreau

There are a thousand hacking at the branches if evil to one who is striking at the root.

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