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This review is from: Reimagining the California Lawn:Water-conserving Plants, Practices, and Designs (Paperback)
Since we live in Southern California where the price of water is rising faster than we can keep up with it we made a decision 18 months ago to exchange 40 percent of our thirsty lawn for plants that need much less water. This was an important and complex project since our neighborhood is larger older ranch-executive homes fronted by a lot of lawn and with very short or low walls delineating property lines. So colorless, thorny plants weren't an option. We hired an excellent contractor and gave him a color palette and an instruction that we wanted year around color and a water bill 40% lower than previously. Our contractor did most of the thinking for us and we really had no written reference at our finger tips. Now the garden is an absolute wonder and includes rabbits and quail. But it is ever changing as our moods suit us or a plant dies -- we've only lost 5 of the 148 original plantings. If you are planning a project like ours or looking for ideas to improve what you've got, this book is an absolute must and deserves to be handy on your coffee table (you will be asked a million questions about your project) both as a reference and because it is a beautiful, informative tome.
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Initial post: Aug 1, 2013 3:54:19 PM PDT
If you are happy with your landscape contractor, will you provide name and contact info? I, too, am thinking of changing my lawn and live in the SoCal area. Thank you.
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