Tom in New Port Richey had a high water bill. Some months his water bill was as high as $500 or more! He had a professional landscape company tear out his old lawn and install a new one to the tune of $10,000. The lawn company installed Zoysia grass. He was told that Zoisia lawns were drought tolerant, but what they failed to mention was that to keep it green it needed to be watered.
He contacted me about his problem and he had done much of his own homework this time. He was ready to take out the entire lawn and go completely grassless. The grass he had paid dearly for had not even established. When I first looked at his lawn I thought he just needed to allow it to root in… then he informed me that it had been in over a year and his water bill was too high to just ignore.
Tom and I talked about a solution and began to come up with ways to utilize the space outdoors as an extension of the home. Tom mentioned something about an area to gather and sit. A fire pit came into the picture and the rest rolled like a song!
Tom did mention that it would be nice to have an area of grass in the yard, but he didn’t want to have to water, spray, fertilize or mow it. We looked into artificial turf and included it in the design as well.
The results were successful. Tom down sized his irrigation system from 7 zones (each watering for 1 hour) to 3 zones (each watering 15 minutes). His water bill came down dramatically! He also caught the interest of a column writer for Angie’s List. He was featured in the “Green Edition” (April 2012).
Here are a few more pictures of Tom’s grassless yard.