Earlier this year, drought restrictions in California had been lifted (unwisely so, in my humble opinion). And thus, our HOA sent out a letter saying that we no longer have an excuse to have dry/dead lawns.
I’m not much of a fan of lawns. And the environmentalist in me wanted to protest. But the frugal, rule abiding citizen in me also didn’t want to get fined. So, I got out my collection of saved newspapers, made a trip to the local landfill to pack my SUV with free compost and spent a good weekend on a DIY waterwise landscape makeover.
Here’s the before and after:
After covering the dry lawn with newspapers and a thick layer of compost, I topped it off with brown mulch and decorated with planters. Here’s the breakdown of materials and costs:
- Newspapers = FREE (from work)
- Compost = FREE (Miramar Greenery)
- Brown mulch (Home Depot fortunately had a sale the weekend I did this) = $20
- Landscaping stones (Home Depot) = $11
- 2 large terracotta planters painted blue (farmers market, locally made) = $50
- White and salmon ivy geraniums (Armstrong Garden Center) = $20
- Planters containing succulents = FREE (I already had the planters and the succulents were propagated from cuttings my mom has collected over the years)
- Labor = me
Running cost: $101