Posted by Tim Stobbs on May 18, 2011
If you are like me your front yard is likely a large expanse of grass. You didn’t pick it to be this way, but your stuck with grass just about everywhere. I personally hate grass since I only actually use a small amount of area as a play space for the kids and the rest is basically just a endless amount of watering, mowing and chemical application to keep the damn stuff alive.
So I’ve decided to end my suffering and get rid of every damn blade of grass in my front yard. Yet to keep the costs low and my sanity in tact, this will be done over a number of years. Right now this year’s project is getting the design done and getting some trees planted. Since I don’t want to spend a small fortune to just get rid of my lawn, I’m going to do this the smart way and keep my costs as low as reasonable. Yet I also fully accept the fact that while lawn is cheap to put in and expensive to keep up, just about everything else is the opposite: expensive to put in and cheap to keep up.
First up is saving on the design. I’m rather lucky that my mother happens to have a talent for landscaping design. So I invited her over and had a discussion between her, my wife and me. From there she is going to outline a draft design, which we will fine tune and most importantly, get those trees in the ground this year. The reason I want a few trees is two fold: first to have something to shade my south facing living room which can get fairly hot in the summer and to also have something to shade the patio I want to put out front.
Then I will also do some research this year on plants I want to put in the costs associated with them and other landscaping materials. I also want to work in some eatable plants into the design, so at least I can get something useful out of my front yard rather than the endless watering and cutting of my lawn that I currently do.
So have you ever gone lawn free in part of your yard? If so, how much did it cost? If not, would you ever consider getting rid of your lawn?