Of course. Right plant – right place, right?
I’ve designed so little lawn (AKA turf) during my career since college graduation (1988), and especially since moving to the desert southwest (1992) – in numbers of projects, or percentage of area on those projects. Most of that turf was for at least one use, to justify high water and soil fertility needs in the desert.
This project is no different – photos from Sierra Providence East, 11/12/2014:
The excess water and puddle is from a valve that stuck, about to be repaired…
El Paso = 8″ average annual rainfall, 4″-17″ range over 70+ years of record.
‘Santa Ana’ Bermudagrass = 30″ annual rainfall required to form a sod.
It’s still hilarious with so many taking out lawns, that here I am featuring a lawn. It’s been years
, and it may be years, again!
Never mind, I’m finishing 2 subdivision parks with…2 main lawn areas and 3 smaller lawn areas.
While people in El Paso rarely use lawn due to local practices and water costs, some uses of a space require a lawn.
Even before the owner came up with new uses like events, movies, and the like, I already saw this area as enclosed by building walls. That screamed “oasis” to me, as well as, “breaks and lunches, sitting on the lawn”.
Remember a past post – movies on that far wall in the dark? And community and hospital staff events outside on the lawn?
The (5) red oak trees relocated to parking lot areas have in their place openness to better accomodate those events and not having to be so close to the “screen” and tilt one’s head up a bit much. There’s still (5) trees left for those warm season, shady picnic lunches, so it could be worse.
This post shows but a small area on the project that’s been landscaped. In this area, lawn looks over 50% of the landscape, but in my past post, you can see there’s still more dryland and native plantings than lawn. (38% lawn, 62% dryland plantings, plus the edible garden by others)
The total landscape area built to-date on this 42 acre hospital property = 155,935 square feet / 3.58 acres (8.5% of the property…more to be added)
The turfgrass (higher water-use) area = 7,568 SF / .17 AC (4.9 % of the landscape)
The dryland plantings (lower water-use) area = 148,367 SF / 3.41 AC (95.1 % of the landscape)
Do you think that amount of lawn is acceptable in a desert town, given the setting and potential uses?
Have you owned a lawn, or begun replacing lawn with lower water-use plantings?