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Xeriscaping our Barren Front Yard

We moved to Texas several years ago, and have been living in an RV most of that time. We decided last Fall that it was time to get permanently settled, so after some looking around we purchased a Palm Harbor mobile home – 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2000 sf. Bigger than any home we’ve ever owned. And, we’re putting it on 2 acres of nearly undeveloped land.

The acreage already had a septic tank, and access to electricity and water. However, it had trees ALL over it; scraggly, brushy trees. When the mobile home installers went in to clear the site, they literally pushed two dozen trees out of the ground and moved them all further back in order to make space for the home.

Over the last six weeks or so, my husband and son have been out busy with the chain saws. Although I’ve helped some with brush clearing, my real work will be coming up soon.

As soon as we get the keys, I’ll be starting on the front yard. I plan to Xeriscape the front yard, using drought-tolerant and native plants and trees to keep the use of water down as much as possible.  I had a whole plan, and three individual zones designed.  Due to a reduced budget I won’t be able to do as much decorative landscaping as I’d hoped, but it will still be pretty!

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HGTV Desperate Landscapes, where are you?????    We need you desperately!!!!   This yard is huge!!!!   70′ x 90′ – a huge blank canvas!

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I’ve asked my daughter-in-law to help me with this huge project. She has a nearly unlimited amount of creative ideas that always mind-boggle me! I’m going to love working on it with her.   And although I won’t be able to create the Xeriscape oasis I had hoped for, I know that it will be beautiful when we finish.

My first chore will be digging and constructing the sidewalk from the deck to the driveway. Thankfully this will be ‘relatively’ easy because our base dirt is mostly sand – easy digging!  We are going to decorate the sidewalk with some stepping stones made especially by the grandkids!

I’ll be talking to Master Gardeners here in San Antonio, because I don’t know anything about drought-resistant plants, and I’ll also visit the Botanical Gardens because they are a huge source of landscaping information!

I can’t wait to get started!!!!

Have you ever Xeriscaped a yard? What recommendations do you have for me? I’d sure love any advice you have to offer!

Have a wonderful day!

Linda

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It’s Raining in San Antonio – Yea!!

Most people would not appreciate a week of rain during the summer, but San Antonians are very glad to see it!

Just like the rest of the nation, we’ve had our weather issues over the last few years.  Although not as bad as the last couple of years, we are still suffering the affects of a severe draught!  So, RAIN, come on!!

We are currently in Stage 2 of four possible stages of water restrictions, which means we have to limit our use of water on our lawns, cars, personal pools and water features, and other ‘unnecessary’ use.  (See the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) for more information about what the restrictions mean and how they are applied.)

San Antonio gets its water from the Edwards Aquifer, which is an intensely faulted and fractured carbonate limestone that lies within the Balcones fault zone. The dynamics and size of the this geologic anomaly make it one of the most wondrous aquifers in the nation, through its storage capacity, flow characteristics, water producing capabilities and efficient recharging ability.

The Edwards aquifer and its catchment area in the San Antonio region is about 8,000 square miles and includes all or part of 13 counties in south-central Texas.

Unfortunately, the Edwards Aquifer doesn’t have an unlimited supply of water, and depends on rain to replenish the water we use.   Hence the water restricitons and our joy at seeing rain falling this week, helping to keep the Aquifer levels from dropping dangerously low.