Believe it or not, the first day of fall was last week. You may not be thinking about your lawn now, but mid-fall is actually the perfect time of year to convert from a grassy lawn to a drought-tolerant one.
Why should you convert? The answer is simple. The drought isn’t over yet. Even if it were, Los Angeles imports the majority of its water from hundreds of miles away, meaning all the water we use in our city impacts people we’ve never met, but who also rely on that water to survive. If that’s not a reason to save the drop, I don’t know what is.
What does a drought tolerant lawn look like? Lucky for you, it’s not all desert-scapes and cacti. You may be surprised to find that drought tolerant plants include lavender, sage, and poppies. And sure, not all drought tolerant plants are succulents, but don’t let yourself believe succulents can’t be beautiful. I’m personally partial to aloe for its medicinal properties, but there are plenty of other water-wise options.
Want to go the extra mile on an eco-friendly lawn? Choose low-water plants that are also edible, so you can also save on the virtual water footprint of your food (not to mention your grocery bill.) Low-water common garden fruits and veggies include tomatoes, eggplant, strawberries, and raspberries.
This is also a good time to think about installing a grey water system. There’s nothing so relaxing as soaking in a nice warm bubble bath, but our water-conscious readers know baths use an average of 35 to 50 gallons of water. You could justify an occasional soak by putting your bath water to work, and adjusting your plumbing to drain into your yard. That, my friends is greywater. Unfortunately, grass doesn’t flourish with greywater systems, so you’ll still be tearing out that lawn in favor of honeysuckle, roses, and oaks.
Grass may be synonymous with summer, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think of your lawn needs in autumn. In fact, with the turning of the season, nothing is more thematically appropriate than changing out your yard’s flora.