When these Mar Vistans returned to their home after several years of renting it out, they decided it was time to do something about the dead lawn. They decided to turn lemons into lemonade!
Two years later, voila! This Do-it-Yourself front yard was created with minimum project construction cost, and low water usage and maintenance. Mostly local succulent and native California plants were utilized. Drip irrigation and a limited sprinkler system were installed by the homeowner. The brick hardscape, including the front porch, stairs, pathway and planter borders as well as the fence and railing are all designed and constructed as DYI projects by the homeowner.
The persistence and patience of this committed homeowner goes beyond what is visible in the front yard. Water conservation measures extend to daily use practices, such as capturing the first flow of cold water before the water turns hot.