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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Front Yard Re~Do

Last Summer, we had about half of our front lawn ripped out.  With our constant drought situations here on the Central Coastal Region of California, it made better sense to go with some plants that take less water, and trees that will produce fruit.

I'm sure our neighbors thought we were nuts - but we've never let what they think govern what we do!

It's actually quite a large area.  Just on the side of this hill, we had planted 40 Star Jasmine, which I love, and seems to do well with our weather extremes - blistering hot summers and freezing cold winters.
I think one more needs to go in the upper corner here.

And, I left 4' from the edge of the lawn to the first row of plants to keep the Jasmine from intruding into the lawn.
Since the edge of the lawn is about the same length as the first row, we decided to taper down to the fifth row, adding one to each, yet leaving a good 8' from the trunk of the fruit trees.
My two little Apple Trees!  Sorry about my hand but I needed to shade the sun a bit, and it's late - not going to edit tonight!  They are the leafy twigs in front of the fence!  We placed them 12' from the fence, 12' from the lawn. 
Tomorrow I will show you my new Herb Garden area, and where all of the beds for our veggies will be this year.   We're very excited to finally get out garden started!  Like everyone else, Spring has taken it's sweet time getting here.  But the weather guesser has promised there won't be any more frosts or freezes for our area!

Blessings for a wonderful Sunday!


  1. I'm excited for you! I can't wait to see photos as everything grows in a little. It'll be gorgeous!

  2. That is a lot of work and I bet it's going to be absolutely beautiful! I look forward to seeing them grow.

  3. I think it will be lovely to look at as it all begins to grow.

  4. It's looking good, Donna. I will be anxious to see it as it starts filling in. I hope to do a "garden redo" post tomorrow here, we will see if I get to it. Your neighbors think you're crazy? Noooooooooooo!;>) I never think of you has having such cold winters there, but I guess you do. xo Diana

  5. I see a beautiful yard to come...I have tree's all the way down my driveway and our neighbors thought we were nut's...but someday they will be beautiful and all the way down my drive.

  6. I love Jasmine too, and your ideas are just great! They will grow very fast and be absolutely beautiful in a little time. It definitely deserves your work! Can't wait to see your new Herb Garden, it came out gorgeous for sure! I believe you must be very happy with all the garden re-dos, and that's wonderful! :)
    Love and hugs,

  7. I dont mind at boy's have muscular dystrophy (Duchenne's) and yes I am raising three grandchildren (my daughter is on the street's) I dont know for sure if she is an addict or what...but she is a constant worry for me.
    I really get so sick of water hog's.

  8. Hi Donna,

    Your garden is going to be beautiful! You will have lovely fruit trees.

  9. Sounds like you are going to have a great garden! We are really excited to get ours out also. Our Winter was mild enough this past year that some of our herbs got a head start.

  10. It will look wonderful when everything fills in!

  11. Just think, mowing the yard will be a thing of the past. It is going to be so pretty as it matures.