Each option has pros and cons and different choices fit better depending on the type of project you are looking to pursue.
- No Lawn – grassy meadows, landscaped areas and patios can replace traditional lawns
- Dymondia Margaretae – a lower water, no mow ground cover alternative
- Lower Water Sod Varieties – like Delta Bluegrass
- Artificial Lawns – low maintenance but plastic can cause a heat island
- Kurapia – a lower water, no mow ground cover alternative
Where will your water be coming from?
- Municipal Water – has been the old stand by and we need to move away from
- Greywater Systems – collected from wastewater from washbasins, showers, and baths within the home
- Recycled Water – brought in during times of extreme drought (MMWD gives away recycled water in the summer)
- Captured Rainwater – collected in tanks; we should all really be doing this and greywater!
Contact The Water Champions for water-smart greywater solutions to create green abundance and water security in your home and community!! See what options are available, especially if you are in the build/remodel process.
Erin’s Expert Tips:
“Consider Kurapia, as a highly versatile, drought tolerant groundcover to replace traditional lawns. It can be mowed into a low cushiony turf or you can let it bloom into a lush groundcover. It is not a great fit for every project as It can take time to establish and may require weeding maintenance but worth considering.”
“Have your heart set on lawns, roses and hydrangeas? If you capture, recycle and conserve water and select other drought resistant plants, go ahead and incorporate some in moderation into your overall landscape design…the key is balance”
Erin Werner is a landscape designer who works in Marin County, CA specializing in planting design and spacial layout.
Boulevard Real Estate is a Certified Green Company committed to sustainability and fire safety. We love to focus on local businesses like Erin Werner Design which work to improve community resiliency and whose mission aligns so closely with our own. Erin got interested in plants and landscape design following in her father’s career footsteps and is a rare woman out in the field on installation job sites.