We are in a drought in Redding. Some local water districts are requiring cutbacks. With temperatures now climbing into the 100+ degree range, many of us are being forced to choose what parts of their landscaping shall be left to dry and perhaps die this year. It’s not a pleasant decision to make. Many have large investments in our yard.
I have always thought lawns to be almost entirely unnatural in the Redding area. I realize they are a nice green oasis from our summer heat. And they add curb appeal to the front of your house. But what comes naturally to an English Countryside Estate comes at a great cost to the Northstate. Big buckets of water, and often chemical dependency.
Last year we decided to lose our backyard lawn, and the results have been outstanding. We can check our water use history at the City of Redding’s online website. Here is our usage:
Here’s the year over year data plotted to view the reduction in water use so far this year:
Here’s an image from last year. Our large lawn being replaced with a surface of de-composed granite, treated with Technisoil for stability. We love our new “lawn,” and the water use reduction that came with it.
Here are some other helpful ideas for losing your lawn from Sunset magazine. Click on the image for more.
Give it your consideration. We don’t know how long this drought will last.