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Everything we try to do revolves around being smart with our water. We’re better off today because we invested yesterday, and we’ll be better off tomorrow if we continue investing today. One of the best ways we can invest today is by removing grass and replacing it with smart alternatives.
Last week we talked about identifying key overwatering zones as ideal candidates to remove the turf and replace it with California Friendly plants (remember OC Garden Friendly events!) or other landscapes that require less water. There is one more area of low-hanging fruit: non-functional turf. Non-functional turf are those sections and strips of grass that don’t really get used. It is one thing to water a stretch of grass where kids run and play, but watering grass just because it exists is not being smart with our water. Consider removing that awkward stretch of grass in the corner of the yard, plant a fruit bearing tree, and add mulch until the awkward corner is a smooth arch that is easier to mow.
Next week we’ll talk through an easy method to remove grass and, as always, plan for rebates! In the meantime, take a look at your yard and try to identify your key overwatering zones or non-functional turf. Envision how it would look replaced by a native grass, a dry streambed, or a permeable garden path leading to the portions of your yard that you do use and enjoy.
Two big updates in the last few weeks suggest that the drought is going to be with us through the summer. First, the National Weather Service issued guidance predicting that the drought would “persist or intensify” through all of the State. Second, the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains contains only about one-third the normal water content and is not projected to increase. Both of those mean that the planning we do today will pay dividends throughout the summer and into the future.