Many people are either eliminating lawn or reducing its size in order to live more economically and with greater concern for the environment. Your thoughts?
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RTalloni, Several people have told me that fire ants do not like citrus oil, either lemon or orange, and will leave the area. Maybe that would be an option for you.
Following nature's lead is smart design! Ants can be a big problem. I use fine mesh over the drainage holes in planters and agree that citrus and herbal oil sprays are very effective. I'd suggest hanging wasp traps for those yellow jackets too.
This sounds like a perfect wildlife habitat and a practical use of your space! Thank you for commenting.
Definitely an easy way to reduce water usage! I bet your glad you did it! ;)
Thanks! I agree that this is a great way to go. I like a small lawn because it feels nice underfoot and looks lush under the tree canopy. Natural river rock borders frame our curved beds of drought tolerant plants, smaller trees, and shrubs.
You obviously have a lot of challenges, but it sounds like you have a very practical approach. Thanks for commenting. :)
Great suggestions here, and I can feel your enthusiasm in sharing them too!
Thank you so much. :)
In this application, I can see how grasses would be really beneficial. I actually love naturalized grasses rather than standard turf grass. One of my favorites is uncut creeping red fescue or the sporobolus varieties of prairie grass. Thanx.