LANDSCAPING

June 15th, 2015

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Hello stranger.

It feels like forever since we last chatted, but I’m so glad we have a chance to catch up. Hmmm? Whats new?

BOOM.

Landscape.

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WE FINALLY DID THIS SHIT.

After years of procrastination, a few false starts and multiple plans, we finally got it together enough to rip out the grass (aka weeds) and put in something low maintenance and much more drought friendly. In case you hadn’t heard, California is basically drying up and turning to dust and is desperate for people to conserve what little water is left. We applied for a residential turf removal rebate through SoCal Water$mart which is a super great program. It was easy to apply and we ended up receiving $2 a square foot to install a California friendly landscape. If you’re in SoCal, do it. Then you’ll enjoy felling superior and judging every neighbor who still has grass while you have a sweet new landscape and a nice check from the government because of it.

So lets time travel to those long ago days of 2011-ish to see what the landscape was looking like…

BEFORE

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Screw you weedy problematic grass. You were the worst and such a pain in the ass to rip out by hand. I never want to look at another action hoe again.

What did things look like during the whole landscaping process? Basically? Horrible.

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This is about the only photo I have during the process. It took us about four months to rip out the grass, level the yard and plant the first few tiny plants. Since we were doing this DIY style and only a few sections at a time, for many many months it looked like the crazy random cactus dirt yard and neighbors gave us the stink eye or would bring by a random pity cactus or two. I swore I had a plan! These things take time!

We ended up doing everything ourselves and as low cost as possible, like hand shoveling 15 tons of DG that we would buy and transport in our truckย  one half load at a time or grabbing any sizable rock that we saw on the side of the road in a dirt field. FYI – rocks are crazy heavy and those nice big landscape boulders are crazy expensive to buy and get delivered – so the size of the rocks throughout the landscape represent the maximum amount we could physically lift.

Rocks. You bastards.

Overall things stayed terrible looking for the next six months as we added more plants plus our “found” rocks and section by section of a finishing layer of “Palm Springs Gold” decomposed granite (aka DG).

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About a year later and here things are.

The plants are still growing and haven’t reached their mature sizes and we’ve been adding a few plants or propagate succulents here and there to start the process of filling things in. We still need to install the walkway from the front door to the street/mailbox, so excuse the random looking empty area in the middle. I’m working on it. You know…this thing is a process?

Well, the above Palo Verde was basically a stick with three leaves when we bought it from a landscape guy for $20. We planned on planting three Desert Museum Palo Verdes to create an overall sparse canopy in front of the house, but turns out its surprisingly hard to find these locally and they would range in price from $60 to over $400. So this scraggly boy grew up and turned out not to be a Desert Museum. Whoops. But we do have two DM’s we found at an out of the way Home Depot which hopefully all will blend in well together.

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Hedgehog Agave, found at the most shameful of all places, WalMart, for $6. I love these things and couldn’t find them anywhere else and ended up buying their entire stock of like seven plants. I want more and now they are a ghost who never gets restocked. Gone but not forgotten.

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Those before mentioned Desert Museum Palo Verde’s had their first bloom. So pretty.

Get bigger you jerks.

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Artichoke Agave, it combines my two favorite things – artichokes and indestructible plants.ย  It grows soooooo slow, but we randomly found a few at Lowes in the houseplant section for $17. I keep looking for more but they are always pretty pricey when I find them.

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Mexican Feather Grass, oh no! People hate it because it is invasive, people love it because it looks amazing and needs very little water or maintenance. I’m on the love side for my local environment and found it actually very difficult to get established. Its so dry and hot here that the little baby grasses we would plant tended to shrivel up into crispy brown tumbleweeds. FYI – Lowes has a great dead plant return policy. We used it liberally.

It’s been about a year and some are still randomly small. I don’t know why since plants are a frustrating mystery. I keep hoping some seedlings might pop up in our neighbors random weed & trash yards, but so far no luck. We can’t even get them to grow little volunteers in our yard. I guess if your climate is less of a hard baked waterless hellhole like mine, these things might be pretty invasive.

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Yes, there are so very many Blue Agave’s scattered throughout. We found this local wholesale nursery that the guys at the DG yard told us about, it has no name, its all cash and it has lots of Agaves for $10. I’ve found that these do really well in our terrible soil and horrible climate. They hurt to plant and will give you a poke once in awhile, but they are super low maintenance and now survive on rainwater. One problem is that they make tons of babies. I pull some of the babies off and plant them, some I put in pots, and some I throw into our compost.

Maybe we will make tequila with them some day.

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We have more feather grass along the driveway to help soften things up and disguise the ugly fence. Its the one thing the neighbors seem to approve of. Otherwise, everyone seems to disapprove or are pretty weary of all the cactus everywhere. I kind of enjoy threatening looking plants, less random weirdos wander up to the house and kids don’t ride their bikes across our front yard as much as they used to.

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So yeah.

We finally did something with the yard.

We also fixed up the side yard, but have a few projects to finish back there that I’ll post about later. It will take some time for things to fill in and we still have to add the steps for the walkway and some more plants, but the landscape is basically installed. I decided to go for a more asymmetric and natural desert scape planting style to balance and soften all the hard geometric lines of the house. We kept the cost way down by doing it ourselves over a longer timeline and sourcing out affordable small plants and materials. We ended up spending about $1500 to landscape over 3000 sq.ft of our property and with the turf removal rebate came out way ahead of covering the cost for the entire project.

At first we watered the plants a few times a week to help get them established, but now, around a year later, we only need to water once a month during the hottest parts of the summer and then not at all during the rest of the year. I’m really happy with how easy everything is to maintain and am looking forward to see how it all will grow out and eventually mature (which is going to take forever).

FYI – cactus grows real slow even if you’re not real patient.

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82 Comments

  1. Karolina on 06/15/2015:

    This is downright magical– well worth the wait. We’re in the midst of a landscape project for our Eichler and will likely install a very similar side fence (because yours is brilliant). Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Christine on 06/15/2015:

    Happened to glance as I was scrolling down my feed and saw the little “1” out of the corner of my eye next to this blog. So glad you’re back. Funny thing about being gone so long, very gratifying before/after results.

  3. Marije on 06/16/2015:

    I don’t want to sound like a total creep, but I am so happy you are back. Great yard, not something I would do here in the Netherlands, but I love how the yard balances with the basic structure of the house.

  4. Amelie on 06/16/2015:

    Oh! I’m so happy that you’re back! And your desert yard looks fabulous. I’m so in love with the blue agaves. Let them have babies everywhere! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Be proud! You’re the best!

  5. em-jay on 06/16/2015:

    So glad you are back!

  6. Amelie on 06/16/2015:

    BTW, it’s totally not my call to tell you how often you should post, it’s your blog and your life. But I’m happy that rss is a thing. If you post once every third year, I can still follow you. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. dan on 06/16/2015:

    Nice job, looks great. Glad to seey our site pop up again in my RSS reader..

  8. Steph on 06/16/2015:

    Welcome back! It looks great out there, I love all the plants so far. The cacti and palo verde make me miss living in Arizona.

  9. Louise Birch on 06/16/2015:

    Great to see you back and loving what you’ve done. I am a grass lover but living in the UK that’s allowed as we have the climate for it, whether we want it or now. brilliant that you’re making a difference as well as making it beautiful.

  10. Heather Lou on 06/16/2015:

    MORGAN! I missed you so. Seeing this pop up in my feed made me do a little happy chair dance. The yard looks wonderful – when i was in Arizona I fell in love iwth all the drought resistant landscaping and this looks dope. I know you are running out of house projects so please just buy a new home so we can keep hearing your self deprecating and hilarious voice in our brains!

  11. NaniNeicy on 06/16/2015:

    I love you guys!!! You show me slow and steady isn’t a crazy idea. It’s beautiful and you’re style is bad-ass!!! It’s always a welcomed gift when you find time to share pictures and commentary with us. Thanks!

  12. Kara on 06/16/2015:

    Everything looks fantastic!

  13. Wendy on 06/16/2015:

    So fun to see you pop up on my feed. Love this! Looking forward to more.

  14. Pay on 06/16/2015:

    Like the others, I was doing a happy dance to see an update on your blog. Thanks for sharing your humor and design sense!

  15. Gaidig on 06/16/2015:

    Welcome back, Morgan! Your desert landscape looks great. I live in a much wetter climate, but I have also been planting succulents lately in parts of the garden where overhangs prevent the rain from reaching often. Here’s to not watering plants by hand, especially in a drought!
    By the way, what are your thoughts on prickly pear? It’s one of the major garden cacti I don’t see in your yard.

  16. holly on 06/16/2015:

    I’m just going to echo everyone else’s’ sentiments and say how stoked I was to read a new post from you, and YOUR YARD IS INCREDIBLE.
    I wish the frozen tundra of Canada would allow me to do something like this, but I’ll just have to live with my shitty coniferous trees and dead grass.

    Love Holly

  17. Christine on 06/16/2015:

    Yeah blog post!!! It looks great. We sort of took advantage of the turf removal rebate also but used that turf terminators company. Mainly so we didn’t have to the manual labor of tearing out the grass ourselves. The plants they put in were kind of horrible and unlike your natural random arrangement, they were in perfect rows. We replaced/added a bunch of stuff and moved stuff around and now it finally looks pretty good. But no where as good as your yard.

  18. Lewis on 06/16/2015:

    Fantastic!

  19. Tracey on 06/16/2015:

    So happy to see you are back as well! I loved this post too because I just bought a house in apple valley (ranch style from 1959) and your landscape was exactly what I was thinking of. It’s nice to see what you did on your own as well. YAY!

  20. Larisa on 06/16/2015:

    Screw your neighbours. Your yard is beautiful! Well worth the wait…

  21. laura on 06/16/2015:

    So happy to see this post! I’ve missed your house and glad to see it is looking so happy. We live in FL (different climate, obviously) and our blue agaves are monsters–they grow so fast! I can barely keep them trimmed, and those bastards poke right through my leather gloves. love the look, though!

  22. monica on 06/16/2015:

    Hell yeah! If you ever want some cholla, we have more than I can stand.

    Also: kids biking thru your yard? What? Rude.

  23. Heather on 06/16/2015:

    It looks great. Loving it. Glad you’re back. Its’ been a while. Now give us a shot of Bea!

  24. TX Sarah on 06/16/2015:

    HELLO I MISSED YOU

  25. Shannon on 06/16/2015:

    Morgan! It looks amazing! I kept you in my blog reader app hoping someday you’d return, and boom, my wishes came true. I missed your voice!

  26. Wifey Dinh on 06/16/2015:

    I love your blog, so informative, hilarious, and HONEST! I look forward to many more posts to come, you have been greatly missed!

  27. Emily on 06/17/2015:

    Seriously it feels like today I’d my birthday because you have finally posted! P.s. live the feather grass, too!

  28. Florian on 06/17/2015:

    Yay, you’re blogging again! I missed you and am so happy, that you’re back!

    Your garden looks absolutely gobsmackingly gorgeous. Your neighbours must be so jealous. That’s probably why they scowl at you – you made them look like shit and totally upped the social front yard pressure.

    Anyhow, please keep blogging! Would so love to hear more!

  29. Monika on 06/17/2015:

    Well done! I’m so over grass myself and am currently adding 5 cu. yds. of mulch to fill in the 500 sq. ft. of grass that was removed last autumn. You’re completely spot on-removing grass is the p.i.t.s. Great job-looking forward to seeing the plants filled in and the front walk.

  30. Sheila on 06/17/2015:

    What a treat to see a new post from you!
    Your landscape looks gorgeous. I am ever so impressed that you tackled it on your own and were able to create something so lovely. Great job!

  31. Natalie on 06/17/2015:

    Yes! Glad to see a new post, even if this is the only one for the next year. I’m about to do this thing in my Seattle house but with a more PNW spin – rip out all the grass (which gives my husband horrible horrible allergies), reseed clover and hairy vetch where my kid plays and mulch the shit out of the rest. Piles of lavender everywhere, which shouldn’t need any watering. Seeing a completed lawn rip out is motivating as hell.

    FWIW, if you want more Palo Verde, here’s a tip: when I lived down in San Diego, they were being sold at the La Mesa Beautiful Plant sale (usually first weekend of May) for $4 each. They were fairly tall and there were TONS of them. Not sure how feasible it is for you to get there from Hemet, but maybe there’s a way with a U-haul and a dream. In general, they give off a lot of seeds, so it might be easy to just grow your own too.

  32. Junedotbe on 06/17/2015:

    I’m missing some shots of “the boy bending over”… ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I’m really happy to read a new post from you !

    Also now I’m kind of wishing I was living in a desert too – and not in very wet Belgium where cacti only grow on window sills. Sigh.

  33. DazzLynn on 06/17/2015:

    the landscape looks wonderful!! thanks for the tip on the rebate. seems like they’re offered all over CA! and it’s nice to see you back!

  34. Yany on 06/18/2015:

    Good to see you back. Been missing your posts.

  35. Lisa on 06/18/2015:

    Hot damn! You are awesome. Thanks for sharing. It looks spectacular. Nice work!

  36. Amy Chatas on 06/18/2015:

    Everything = kick ass including the narrative! Congrats and thanks for keeping us in the loop!

  37. Kati on 06/18/2015:

    Yay!!! After almost two years of checking your blog and hoping for a new post, I’m soooo glad to see this! Thanks so much! We all have missed your design, your voice, and your sense of humor! Welcome back to your blog! I’m so much looking forward to more. We’ve really, REALLY missed you. Also, your yard looks incredible!

  38. Alex Sunday on 06/19/2015:

    Holy shit! You’re back!! You have no idea how often I come and check your site, just in case there’s some glitch in the internet notification technology stuff. So now I’ll go and read your post. The photos are telling me this was worth the wait. Please don’t disappear again!

  39. Alex Sunday on 06/19/2015:

    Love what you’ve done. And your timber slats still look so awesome and fresh! How have you managed that?! I also read through the comments and am glad I’m not the only person who sounds like a crazy stalker.

  40. Peggy on 06/20/2015:

    Hi! I always did think grass us stupid. You should see the wasted resources used to maintain it here in Ohio. Your place really looks lovely.

  41. Laurin on 06/20/2015:

    YOU’RE BACK! Yay! Also, the yard looks amazing. Granted, I haven’t been to Hemet in almost twenty years, but this is by far the best landscaping for that area I’ve ever seen. Damn good job, and kudos for drought mindfulness.

  42. Lisa on 06/20/2015:

    Hurray for the occasional blogger! Your yard looks terrific, congratulations! Just one thing, I once threw cactus in my compost pile, thinking it would break down. Nope, I just got happy, baby cacti. Maybe the same will happen with your agave?

  43. EHLP on 06/22/2015:

    I’ll echo everyone’s sentiments: Woooohooooo!!!!! You’re back!!!!!

    Your yard turned out great!!! Gorgeous. We planted our Agaves in pots, and that seems to help keep the babies at bay. But man, they are killer pokers/stabbers.

  44. Fan on 06/23/2015:

    Wonderful to see your progress. It is beautiful, and your post has given us plenty of ideas (as always).
    Thank you for identifying each plant — this posting can now be my cheat sheet at the nursery.

  45. Howard on 06/24/2015:

    Here in Arizona we use all the same landscaping plants. My favorite is the Palo Verde. In the late spring it is covered with those beautiful yellow flowers. I guess for California at this time, such a plant that grows extremely well, with so little requirements in terms of water is very welcome. Very nice work that will look even better as the plants mature.

    HBosler
    http://www.midcenturymoderngroovy.com

  46. Mellisa on 06/27/2015:

    So glad to see you’re back in the blogosphere. Your yard looks fantastic! The Feather Grass looks great in your space, and it looks wonderfully contained. It is invasive — at least up here in Northern California. That stuff takes over before you can blink in our Sierra foothills environment, but in your space, I love it! Now I’m feeling inspired to deal with the jungle that is our new yard. Well, maybe after these 100+ degree days are over.

  47. Gregory on 07/02/2015:

    This is really inspiring and informative (helps the whole thing is peppered with sailor language throughout too). Your post reminds me to be patient with plants and that it’s okay to shout at plants to grow faster too. Your flower Palo Verde looks fantastic.

  48. Brooke on 07/03/2015:

    I’ve faithfully clicked once a month since the last post in hopes there would be something new. I actually said “Holy Sh*t” a minute ago from the great surprise of seeing a new post.

    I think the yard looks fantastic and it will only get better as the plants grow. Living in Canada I find desert landscaping exotic and would love it if agave could live here. This would be similar to how my front yard would look if I could get it.

  49. Lindsay on 07/05/2015:

    So, I’m on Ebay looking at over priced fiber art and I thought “wonder if that Morgan will ever post again?” I almost shit myself with delight when I didn’t see that damn ceiling medallion for the millionth time. Glad you’re back!

  50. Muoi on 07/06/2015:

    You’ve been missed! The yard looks so amazing. All that hard work paid off ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. Michelle on 07/08/2015:

    ohh yeah! so glad ur back- yard looks bad ass.

  52. Laura C on 07/14/2015:

    This makes me want to move to a drought-stricken area. I’m so damn tired of battling the jungle in my backyard…not to mention my idiot neighbors, who think it’s beautiful to have a curtain of vines (including poison ivy) hanging from (and choking) all of the trees along our shared property line. Ugh.

  53. Niklas on 07/19/2015:

    YAAAY!!
    A post from TBH! Yard looks great. Really exotic plants compared with the jungles we have here in Sweden.
    Will there be more posts soonish? Pretty please?

  54. Patricia on 07/21/2015:

    Welcome back! Your yard looks lovely!

  55. john on 07/21/2015:

    The yard looks stunning.

    And welcome back. You and your talents were missed.

  56. Lori on 07/22/2015:

    OMG, I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. And yes, Desert Museum is stupid pricey, and I say that as a landscape designer who has a wholesale account. I am dying to try one in Austin.

    One thing, though– those hedgehog agaves are probably too close together. They’ll get bigger than you think, and are pretty much impossible to move without injury once they get closer to their mature size. One tool that comes in handy weeding around them is long-handled needle-nose pliers.

    Anyway, it looks fantastic and the landscape is the perfect compliment for your architecture!

  57. Sara on 07/24/2015:

    Yay! You’re back!
    And your yard is looking fabulous! Hooray!

  58. Elizabeth on 07/25/2015:

    Thrilled to see you’re back!!!
    The yard looks awesome, can’t wait to see what else you’ve been working on!

  59. Penley on 07/27/2015:

    Holy shit you’re back! Yard looks great, I love agaves. We have some giant ones here, they’re actually classed as a noxious weed here but they’re so amazing, so ancient looking I can’t help but love them. Can’t wait to see more changes!

  60. Sharon on 08/04/2015:

    Awesome post, I just stumbled onto your blog looking for some Austin xeriscaping ideas. My neighborhood in a town south of Austin is still under construction with heavy water restrictions and they are still laying miles of sod everywhere, crazy right?! Love your sense of humor great job on your yard!

  61. I clicked something on Pinterest that brought me to your homepage. (Already forgot what I thought I was clicking. No longer care. That pin is dead to me now.) And, wow, I love this post, even…ok, *especially*…when you insult your plants. Nice to meet you!

  62. cvjn on 08/08/2015:

    Okay, I am gonna comment and add my voice to the crowd, just in case all the love and accolades will convince you to post more often!
    Your landscape is AMAZING, and I am so happy you are posting again!!!

  63. LJ on 08/09/2015:

    Looks very Zen.

  64. Jesse Lu on 08/11/2015:

    This looks rad. Forget your crabby neighbors. They can whine all they want, it’s YOUR yard and YOUR project, so have fun!

  65. Laura on 08/27/2015:

    I JUST found this post!! I’m at work, trying to act all normal, and inside I am FREAKING. OUT. Yes, your yard looks great, really beautiful. But I don’t care about that as much as that You Posted! Please don’t make me wait 2 years again. I will dry up like one of your feather grasses. Seriously, so glad to see you again. Glad to know you’re alive and well.

  66. Darren on 09/15/2015:

    Hey Morgan, Glad to see that you’re back posted recently. Keep it up please. We need more posts from you!

  67. Simone on 09/16/2015:

    HI Morgan; I am really really glad you are back. I have missed you. I hope you (and the boy) are well. Your garden looks great. I love the porch, it turned out beautifully.
    I was over looking at your Tumbler and then I thought “let’s look at the blog” and here you are!!! It’s hard to explain but my heart kind of sings when I see the world through your eyes.
    Have a wonderful day!

  68. maureen on 09/21/2015:

    It looks great, missed you .

  69. Esszimmer Expertin Gerda on 09/30/2015:

    The garden is looking really wonderful, less work, and itยดs really worth for waiting. Best reagards,Gerda

  70. Back40 on 10/17/2015:

    Love it. Especially the threatening plants. If the feather grass starts invading, maybe try alkali sacaton grass? It’s great basin native and may do better by you. Anyway, glad you abandoned the grid of grass puffs you originally considered. What you’ve created is beautiful, textured, and alive. Let’s see that stock tank in the back!

    Tami

  71. HeatherJ on 11/03/2015:

    I second everyone’s sentiments-looks great!

    Tell me more about those landscape lights please!!!

  72. Nurqalisha on 12/13/2015:

    Yep quite a difference. It looks good and also like it wokerd well to have the single step. The path might seem wide now, but when plants grow over the edge, it will shrink a lot. Can’t wait to see plants! Can’t wait to see something for vines to grow on! What’s at the house that you reconfigured the path to meet?

  73. Arielle on 01/03/2016:

    A bit late here but need to say I LOVE this look! The cacti are beautiful (I can’t get over the blue agave) and I love that you’re working with the environment instead of against it. If I could get rid of all the awful, weedy, patchy grass in my yard and switch to a succulents and rock landscape I would, but sadly it would look a bit out of place in our Virginia Victorian neighborhood. Sigh. A girl can dream…

  74. Jane on 01/25/2016:

    Found your blog through Pinterest. Have to laugh because I am in the middle of our lawn overhaul. 3500sqft. Did not dig out soil but composed over it. Still expensive for fresh soil! Neighbors are wondering what I am doing too with it half planted. I love the feather grass and plan on using it to soften the points of all my cactus and agave. PS look up Blue Velvet Yuccas. You’ll like them.

  75. Led Design on 02/29/2016:

    Its easy to apply landscaping in bigger area specially in villages or rural area. But it can’t possible to implement in the big cities.
    The idea you shared way too cool though.
    Thanks for sharing!

  76. Kelly on 03/12/2016:

    I LOVE your landscaping. Desert landscaping is so underrated.
    I live in Phx where it’s a million degrees most of the year. My neighbor didn’t like it when I I got rid of my front lawn, but she didn’t have to mow it. I planted bougainvilleas and some free lantana that my mom had in pots. I wish I would have gone with more of a desert look. BTW: Anyone who is considering bougainvilleas – don’t, not unless you can afford to have someone else trim it ๐Ÿ™‚

    I also had an old African sumac that was basically a leaf machine that only drooped leaves in the honest part of the summer. It died (thank goodness) so after having it removed, I planted a low maint. native Desert Willow. I love it.

    I was able to do the agave thing in the back yard though. I removed the lawn, put in DG, left a veg garden area, and filled the rest with native plants like creosote bushes, a desert willow and agave. I LOVE IT. The agave was on sale at the Desert botanical garden for $1 for little pups. One of them was a piece left by a neighbor at our community mailbox.

    The only problem was that I didn’t know what I was getting, since none of them were not labeled. I got some lechuguilla, and some kind of cool narrow-leafed agave. They stay small. But one of the little pieces was a Sisal, which is a MASSIVE now. It takes up 1/4 of my back yard. Its probably about 8ft in around and 7ft tall. I hate to say it, but I am hoping it blooms soon.

    Anyway, good job! I wish there were more people who chose this kind of landscaping. It’s environmentally responsible and beautiful,!

  77. Tricie on 04/01/2016:

    Looks great! We are doing the same but am wondering about how your process went. How far did you excavate and did you use weed barrier? I’ve read pros and cons of using the fabric.

  78. vieves on 04/15/2016:

    hi. i miss you. i hope you’re well. (i’m not a creep, just a long time reader). i still LOVE your landscaping! your neighbours just don’t get it. i’m desperate to rip the ugly patchy grass from the front yard up but there’s a giant maple in the middle of it and a row of pines lining the yard and the thought of dealing with the roots is daunting. heh.

  79. Jules on 09/28/2016:

    I agree with you, I miss the Brick House blog and it’s awesome blogger. I hope she is well. I keep checking back – hope springs eternal. I bet the Mexican Feather Grass is really growng big by now.

  80. Laura Carter on 08/31/2016:

    That looks amazing! I’ve also been procrastinating to do landscaping because I can never make a plan and stick to it, I’m always finding better and cooler ideas and just get more and more confused. But yours look so fantastic that I’m using it as inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  81. Deena on 02/20/2017:

    I love your site. So many of your design ideas have inspired mine in our new midcentury-ish home.

    We’d love to do a similar front yard treatment but are wondering if neighbors’ cats would find this fine gravel akin to a litter box. Any problems with this?

  82. png download on 03/16/2017:

    The yard becomes much more pretty! I thought the grass will be great but your yard is better hundred times. Love it!

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