Landscape Improvement

A common problem in the design of planned communities is inefficient turf areas.  The picture below on the left shows a very small lawn surrounded by concrete that includes a shade tree that will eventually outgrow the space available.  

 

We commonly ask – what purpose does that lawn serve?  The amount of water required to keep that lawn green mid-summer, the inefficiency of fertilizing it, the equipment and labor required to mow that small patch of grass all contribute to reasonably considering its removal.  

 

Turf is important and beneficial if planned correctly.  However, sometimes non-functional lawns are best eliminated from the landscape.

 

The second picture below depicts other water-saving re-design ideas.  These considerations can include the modification of annual planting beds and using drought tolerant perennials or other low-maintenance plant materials.

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