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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